#GOAT13 is now but a fond memory. As promised to the attendees I’m posting the presentation slides including presenter’s notes:
Here’s what I promised:
- What simple communication patterns can we monitor to spot the health of the team?
- Team size – we all know Kent Beck’s famous 7+/-2, what was the source? What does the evidence suggest does that works?
- Dissent and Diversity – what are their roles within teams.
- Bonuses – we know that individual bonuses are bad. Are team bonuses might be OK. Are there any kinds of bonuses that do work?
In this 90-minute session I will give short snippets of a presentation. After every segment the audience will work in their table(s) to prepare a play. For the play they will be expected to demonstrate some aspect(s) of what they learned from the core material.
Perfection Game: 7/10
What went well:
- Covered a lot of new material that isn’t normally covered in a CSM class.
- Covered most of the bullet points that were mentioned above, and a few more.
- The Plays as tools for discussion and learning worked very well.
- Provided specific references to research for most of the claims.
- Gave people some specific tools to improve team communication.
What I would do to be closer to perfect next time:
- Say no to a theatre format – the organizing committee needed someone to take the theatre but in taking it I had to ditch some of my exercises which required participants sitting at tables.
- Cover much less material – several of the sections would have made perfect sessions on their own.
- Brief the concept of the Play more effectively perhaps by giving 2-3 concrete examples at the start.
There is a lot of excellent research available on what it has taken to build high performance teams and it applies across many industries. Agile/Scrum/Kanban teams often get some of it right by accident. What we need is to stop stumbling towards high performance and to start to use the science.
Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.