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How Escape Rooms
Taught Me Everything I
Needed to Know About
Teams
#AGILESCIENCE #TEAMBUILDING #SERIOUSSCIENCE
We like to get locked up in rooms
What are Escape Rooms?
Image source: https://www.escaperoomla.com/the-theatre
We started
poorly
Our first success
Teams - Definition
 “[a] team is a group of people who are interdependent with respect to
information, resources, knowled...
Poll Factors that you think affect team
growth
Escaping is what
matters
Mark, don’t pick that lock
Same team every time
Team
formation
takes time
A second
brain often
helps
Specialization Happens
Too much
specialization
creates
bottlenecks
Escaping the room is the only thing
that matters
How many locks does this room have?
Shared Language
Risks
It’s okay to make mistake
Dissent
After
Action
Reviews
are key
When slowed, yell for help
Value Cohesion
What Escape Rooms don’t teach
us
Teams need boundaries
Dedicated Team Membership
Focus
Coaching
on Group
Processes
Self-Organizing
Common Myths
Bigger is
better
Top
Talent
Some “Teams”
are not really
Teams
Teams for everything
All teams
can achieve
greatness
Obsessing
over
performance
matters
Refreshing
the team
Conditions to Create a Great Team
 Common Goal
 Shared Approach (Working Agreements)
 Psychological Safety
 Stable Mem...
Finally –
Escape Rooms
build teams
that are good
at…
Building Great Teams – Member
Selection
 Choose for:
 Able to give and receive feedback
 Focus on learning and mastery
...
Building Great Teams - Growth
 Pay attention to communication and cohesion
 Develop common Vision
 Build learning into ...
Thanks to…
 Ottawa: Escape Manor (they have a lot of rooms),
Jigsaw Ottawa, Lockdown Ottawa, Unlocked Ottawa
 Kingston: ...
References (good science here)
 The New Science of Building Great Teams - Harvard Business Review:
https://hbr.org/2012/0...
References (Seriously good science)
 People Analytics by Ben Waber: https://www.amazon.ca/People-Analytics-
Technology-Tr...
References – Last one
 Specialists and their Limitations:
https://agilepainrelief.com/blog/specialists-are-overrated.html...
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  1. 1. How Escape Rooms Taught Me Everything I Needed to Know About Teams #AGILESCIENCE #TEAMBUILDING #SERIOUSSCIENCE
  2. 2. We like to get locked up in rooms
  3. 3. What are Escape Rooms? Image source: https://www.escaperoomla.com/the-theatre
  4. 4. We started poorly
  5. 5. Our first success
  6. 6. Teams - Definition  “[a] team is a group of people who are interdependent with respect to information, resources, knowledge and skills and who seek to combine their efforts to achieve a common goal” - Professor Leigh Thompson of the Kellogg School of Management  Real team, with clear boundaries, interdependence among members, and at least moderate stability of membership over time – Richard Hackman - Harvard - 2004
  7. 7. Poll Factors that you think affect team growth
  8. 8. Escaping is what matters
  9. 9. Mark, don’t pick that lock
  10. 10. Same team every time
  11. 11. Team formation takes time
  12. 12. A second brain often helps
  13. 13. Specialization Happens
  14. 14. Too much specialization creates bottlenecks
  15. 15. Escaping the room is the only thing that matters
  16. 16. How many locks does this room have?
  17. 17. Shared Language
  18. 18. Risks
  19. 19. It’s okay to make mistake
  20. 20. Dissent
  21. 21. After Action Reviews are key
  22. 22. When slowed, yell for help
  23. 23. Value Cohesion
  24. 24. What Escape Rooms don’t teach us
  25. 25. Teams need boundaries
  26. 26. Dedicated Team Membership
  27. 27. Focus Coaching on Group Processes
  28. 28. Self-Organizing
  29. 29. Common Myths
  30. 30. Bigger is better
  31. 31. Top Talent
  32. 32. Some “Teams” are not really Teams
  33. 33. Teams for everything
  34. 34. All teams can achieve greatness
  35. 35. Obsessing over performance matters
  36. 36. Refreshing the team
  37. 37. Conditions to Create a Great Team  Common Goal  Shared Approach (Working Agreements)  Psychological Safety  Stable Membership  Dedicated Team Membership  Self-Organizing  Clear Boundaries  3-8 People
  38. 38. Finally – Escape Rooms build teams that are good at…
  39. 39. Building Great Teams – Member Selection  Choose for:  Able to give and receive feedback  Focus on learning and mastery  Respect for others  Emotional intelligence  Skill in the work
  40. 40. Building Great Teams - Growth  Pay attention to communication and cohesion  Develop common Vision  Build learning into the system  Build a review process into the system  Focus on flow  Create working agreements
  41. 41. Thanks to…  Ottawa: Escape Manor (they have a lot of rooms), Jigsaw Ottawa, Lockdown Ottawa, Unlocked Ottawa  Kingston: Improbable Escapes, Sherlock’s Escapes
  42. 42. References (good science here)  The New Science of Building Great Teams - Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2012/04/the-new-science-of-building-great-teams  The Hidden Benefits of Keeping Teams Intact https://hbr.org/2013/12/the- hidden-benefits-of-keeping-teams-intact  Team Building: How to Get Real Results from Team Building Activities: https://scienceforwork.com/blog/team-building/  What is psychological safety and why is it the key to great teamwork? https://www.impraise.com/blog/what-is-psychological-safety-and-why-is- it-the-key-to-great-teamwork  Leading Teams – Setting the Stage for Great Performances – Richard Hackman: https://www.amazon.ca/Leading-Teams-Setting-Stage- Performances/dp/1578513332/
  43. 43. References (Seriously good science)  People Analytics by Ben Waber: https://www.amazon.ca/People-Analytics- Technology-Transform-Business/dp/0133158314  Five Steps for Creating High-Performance Teams: https://agilepainrelief.com/high-performance-teams  The Guide to Effective Agile Retrospectives: https://agilepainrelief.com/guide-to-effective-agile-retrospectives  What is the Recommended Scrum Team Size? https://agilepainrelief.com/blog/scrum-team-size.html  Scrum by Example – Team Friction Inspires Working Agreements - https://agilepainrelief.com/blog/team-friction-inspires-working- agreements.html
  44. 44. References – Last one  Specialists and their Limitations: https://agilepainrelief.com/blog/specialists-are-overrated.html  Cross Skilling: https://agilepainrelief.com/blog/how-to-cross-skill-and- grow-t-shaped-team-members.html  Impact of Agile Quantified: https://www.infoq.com/articles/quantifying- impact-agile/ and https://www.infoq.com/presentations/agile-quantify/  High Performance Teams – Special Report – David Wilkinson https://www.oxford-review.com/high-performance-teams-special-report/

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