Program teams and departments will naturally form tribes, its human nature. It is the culture of the tribe that dictates its effectiveness. So, how do you move beyond a positive culture within a specific agile team to creating an entire program or department that people want to be a part of?
When we launch agile programs, we tend to teach our teams about the methodology, how their roles will change and how we expect them to be collaborative. What is often forgotten is the need to help these large program teams bond, foster their sense of belonging, shape their values and instil respect for one another. Successful Agile at Scale requires explicitly creating and sustaining these attributes, building a culture beyond team’s individual identity to create a sense of tribal unity.
Presented at RallyON in Washington, D.C, June 2014.