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The Magic and Science of Teams


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Presented at #GOAT13 - Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour

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The Magic and Science of Teams

  1. 1. The Magic and Science of Teams Mark Levison Agile Pain Relief Consulting © @mlevison “People Working on the Same Product but Not Collaborating are Essentially Working Separate Products” – Ben Waber – People Analytics
  2. 2. 7 +/- 2? Roman Army - Contubernium or Tent Section size? Social Costs – how many hours a day will you spend working on relationships? How many people can you talk to meaningfully in that time? Cohesion “Single biggest effect on productivity and stress - cohesion. About 30 times more important than experience”. - Ben Waber People Analytics. What helps Cohesion (circle all that you think apply): Women on the team Team Members Desks/Workspaces are together Formal Meetings Water Cooler Size of the Lunch Table Break Time Management support
  3. 3. Communication Patterns Energy Level Engagement Exploration Face to Face 35% of variation in team performance account for by number of face to face exchanges. 1 on 1 or very small group - in depth Whole Group - brief to the point statements Rough balance between whole group and one-on-one Social Time What counts as Social time? What do people talk about? Isolated Why? ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ Tactics ___________________________
  4. 4. ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ References “People Analytics” - Ben Waber “The New Science of Building Great Teams” Alex “Sandy” Pentland “The Wisdom of Teams” - Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith “Leading Teams” - Richard Hackmann