Team health checks have been popular in the Agile Community for years. Getting people to pay attention to the joy in their teams is a boon. The challenge is the primary measure that people like to use is Happiness. Happiness is important, but it’s too broad a measure for teams at work. When measuring happiness, we’re measuring many things outside of work, for example: the state of someone’s marriage, did they get enough sleep last night,etc..
We need something that more accurately measures the health of a team and their willingness to work together. Morale is a good choice because it is task and team oriented and is well-studied in the scientific literature. It is less subjective and less affected by mood.
The best measurement tool I’ve found is at: https://teammetrics.theliberators.com
Caveat: if you attempt to reduce the four questions asked in the survey down to one or two, it’s hardly better than a happiness questionnaire.
- Agile Teams: Don’t use happiness metrics, measure Team Morale This blog post has a surprising degree of rigour and is the original source of Morale in the Agile Community.
- How I Measure Scrum Team Morale – similar ideas, the questions may not have the proven rigour of the others
- Agile Team Health & Morale Checks offers every team health check you could imagine. Some good, some I wouldn’t recommend.
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