Coaching Agile Teams

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Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Sprint offers a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether you’re at a startup or a large organization. Within five days, you’ll move from idea to prototype to decision, saving you and your team countless hours and countless dollars. A must read for entrepreneurs of all stripes.” —Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

We did design sprints at Weeronline.nl and Zoover.nl, and I found this one browsing Amazon.
Nice to read, not that hard to understand.
Hard to do though: setting up the right challenge with the right people is hard for example.
Half way, will update later

 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

It’s striking to read a book that is so focussed on the product of de management: create a TEAM.

Although it’s an old book (2002), it’s being considered a standard work for people who’re trying to onderstand the way their team works. I got it from a friend, after explaining an exercise I did with our scrum team.

The book is written in a way that makes it easy to read. Which almost hides the message: building a team is hard.

themodelThe model the book uses is seemingly easy. The 5 dysfunctions are:

  • Dysfunction #1: Absence of Trust

    The fear of being vulnerable with team members prevents the building of trust within the team.

  • Dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict

    The desire to preserve artificial harmony stifles the occurrence of productive ideological conflict.

  • Dysfunction #3: Lack of Commitment

    The lack of clarity or buy-in prevents team members from making decisions they will stick to.

  • Dysfunction #4: Avoidance of Accountability

    The need to avoid interpersonal discomfort prevents team members from holding one another accountable.

  • Dysfunction #5: Inattention to Results

    The pursuit of individual goals and personal status erodes the focus on collective success.