Thursday, August 29, 2013

Esther Derby on self organizing teams

I was nodding my head and agreeing with so many points raised by EstherDerby on her Self Organizing Teams session on the 2012 NDCOslo conference.

Please find below a few notes from her great presentation. 

Team success:
60% - Design a team
30% - Launch a team
10% - Coach a team

Framing the goal is very important to the team success…

…The art of coming up with the minimum specification for the team goal. Leave some creativity to the team!

We should work against a common dynamic where the manager looks down at the team.

There is a balance when self organizing between management work and technical work… It is always a balance. We should be careful and clear on delegating decisions.

A few balance axis that always take place on teams:
1.                  Learning versus delivery… the ability to learn together is one of the core improvements for a team… Teams do learn to learn together over time.
2.                  My specialization versus our work… what is the shared definition of done? The answer to this question brings balance to the team… as a team you  are developing capability to speed up; you bring everybody up… overtime there is a diffusion of skills and having that redundancy creates flexibility in the team… flexibility leads to speed, to better decisions.
3.                  Autonomy versus responsibility… a few things that help balancing this: (1) being clear about the decision boundaries, (2) having a robust feedback loop… when should a manager step in? too soon or too late is not good… there is a balance act for managers to know when to step in.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Continuous Huddling

Continuous Huddling is a software delivery practice where the members of a team huddle frequently.  This practice encompasses analyzing, guiding the development, validating and communicating about the work requirements with the right people at the right time.  
Teams that are successfully applying ContinuousDelivery certainly have champions driving Continuous Huddling. The champions typically have great analytical, communication and organizational skills. One or more champion might entice it; nevertheless, the whole team adheres to it.