Many Agile practices place a lot of emphasis on creating high-performing teams. There’s a strong focus on moving from just a bunch of individuals that work together, to forming multi-skilled cohesive units that deliver more than the sum of their parts. After all, an organisation made up of high performing teams, will have a good shot at being a high performing organisation.
HOW DOES FOCUS ON SMALL TEAMS HELP
Small teams are the building blocks of an Agile Organisation. What about leadership we hear you ask? Yes leadership has to be bought in when organisational transformation is required, but providing all parts of the organisation the advantages of Agile ways of working builds a wave of change.
We know that getting multiple people to work together on an initiative will produce a superior quality outcome. Two heads are better than one, three better than two, and so on. However, there’s a competing problem, the more people you add, the harder it is to keep them aligned. Communication costs go up, and this reduces productivity per head.
INTRODUCING THE SOLUTION
INGREDIENTS FOR HIGH PERFORMING TEAMS
Time together improves team performance
Limit team size (no more than 11 people)
A good coach
Team incentives over individual incentives
Simple, usable ways of working and tools
As a consultancy, training and coaching organisation, we at Nymble provide teams with outcomes based training that uses the team's context to teach the ways of working, become familiar with the tools, implement the tools and then provide coaching to ensure true VALUE from the training.