Esther Derby sets out in two articles a list of features in a mind map of a well-functioning team and of a struggling team. Well worth reviewing both, and asking yourself where your team has a closer fit. If there’s a problem, identifying it is the first step towards fixing it.
Mike Cohn, one of the Agile gods, has a new article about micromanagement, or not micromanaging to be precise. Good reminders about 1) sharing information, not hoarding, and 2) making sure the team has full autonomy to do what they need to do, and other points. All too often I see information hoarding used as a power trick, but the team players suffer as a result.
I really do love Agile and Scrum: seeing each member of the team encouraged to perform to their best using their skills, with all contributing to the outcome of the work. So much better than top-down dictatorial direction-giving, which ends up being disempowering.
Mike talks about how Agile / Scrum has become mainstream, and it’s a widespread, proven method, so no longer are there great debates about whether or not it works. Mike’s hope is that in the next 10 years, rather than saying “agile software development” people say “software development” because agile is the most common framework used for software development.