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Is an Agile Team Dynamics like a House of Cards?

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by Diana Kirkova

Team Dynamics is like an unconscious force that influences team behaviour, reactions, and performance. Problems and solutions, from my experience, will be packed into a nice presentation, but the most exciting part will be the “Time to play” where we will face real problems and discuss how to solve them. Games like Blame game and responsibility game will be played and discussed.

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Is an Agile Team Dynamics like a House of Cards?

  1. 1. IS AGILE TEAM DYNAMICS LIKE A HOUSE OF CARDS By Diana Kirkova
  2. 2. ● More than 13 years experience in the IT industry ● Product manager at Falcon ● Agile Coach ● Speaker ● Certified Product Owner ● Certified Scrum Master ● Certified Scrum Professional  ● CTC candidate (Certified Team Coach) ● Co-organizer of Bulgarian Agile Community ● Founder of Agile Habits Academy My mission is to answer the question … “How can I make myself no longer needed?” Diana Kirkova Agile Practitioner and Product manager WHO AM I ?
  3. 3. UNDERSTANDING TEAM DYNAMICS
  4. 4. ‘[A team is a] group in which members work together intensively to achieve a common group goal.’ (Lewis-McClear & Taylor, 1998) ‘A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they are mutually accountable.’ (Katzenbach & Smith, 1993) ‘[A team is made up of people] working together in a committed way to achieve a common goal or mission. The work is interdependent and team members share responsibility and hold themselves accountable for attaining the results.’ (MIT Information Services and Technology, 2007) Teams consist of a group of people who share a common understanding of their goal and work together to accomplish it.
  5. 5. HOW TO BUILD A STRONG TEAM Building a strong team depends on a shared mission, vision and values to align their personal interests, harness their collective expertise and focus their individual efforts. They establish clear roles and responsibilities – plus a framework for making decisions and resolving conflicts. Most important, they commit to an environment of trust.
  6. 6. ICE BREAKER HUMAN KNOT Helps with: Adaptability, Collaboration
  7. 7. Helps with: Adaptability, Collaboration RULES: Stay in a circle, standing shoulder to shoulder. Promote a manager. 1. Reach your left hand across the circle and join with the first hand you meet. (Do not hold hands with someone directly next to you) 2. Repeat with the right hand and make sure each hand is holding only one other hand. 3. Without releasing hands, untie the knot guided by your manager. If group members break the chain they need to start over.
  8. 8. GAMIFICATION: TEAM RESPONSIBILITY GAME PART 1 INTENTION OF THE GAME - experience sharing responsibility for a common purpose - discover unhealthy team dynamics - reflect and think about better ways to work together. - Set up teams: Number of players between 7 and 10 - Members should count off: team member #1.. team member #10 - Agree on shared purpose in the team
  9. 9. PART 2: STRINGLY RELATED
  10. 10. SHARED PURPOSE
  11. 11. WHAT IS NEXT? … MORE GAMES
  12. 12. TEAMS IN ACTION Case 1: Walk around the room PART 3: “Projects are always moving, always alive, so keep moving.” Answer the questions: - Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). - How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). - Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision
  13. 13. PART 3: “You think you have to do everything. Without you everything will fall apart.” Case 2: Team member 1 takes 130% responsibility by pulling harder on the cord. Answer the questions: - Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). - How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). - Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision
  14. 14. PART 3: “You are tired of work, is has just become a nine-to-five job, internally you have already resigned.” Case 3: Team member 2 gives up some responsibility by loosening their grip on the cord. Answer the questions: - Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). - How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). - Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision
  15. 15. PART 3: Case 4: Team members 3 & 5 have a conflict and try to pull apart while maintaining their grip on the net. Answer the questions: - Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). - How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). - Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision
  16. 16. PART 3: “You are changing roles.” Case 5: Team members 4 & 6 swap places. Answer the questions: - Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). - How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). - Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision
  17. 17. PART 3: “You are an expert and we need you in two teams.” Case 6: Team member 1 works in two teams (multitasking) Answer the questions: - Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). - How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). - Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision
  18. 18. PART 3: Case 7: Team member 2 works remotely, so close your eyes Answer the questions: - Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). - How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). - Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision
  19. 19. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS: Evaluate and select the best possible solutions for you. - what are the reasons for your decision Define the problem/s (how this affects the team dynamics). How can you improve the team dynamics? (generate possible solutions). Case 1 Case 2 Combine all Cases… Case 7
  20. 20. RESULT SHARING AND DISCUSSION
  21. 21. 1. Conduct a diagnosis and get to know your team 2. Address problems quickly 3. Define clear roles 4. Enhance team culture 5. Build communication 6. Always pay attention STRATEGIES FOR BOOSTING TEAM DYNAMICS Adaptability Communication Build Trust
  22. 22. WHAT IS EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE ? Understanding the Five Categories Self-awareness Self-regulation Motivation Empathy Social skills
  23. 23. THANK YOU! @DianaKirkova | Twitter /dianakirkova | Linkedin

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