Countless books and frameworks brought their interpretation of what being agile meant. Ceremonies and practices were suggested as a way to foster team collaboration, many of those still being used in thousands of startups all over the world. No matter what industry you come from, there are lots of good ideas you can start implementing in your group. Take a look at four of them.
1) Sprints (or iterations)
Dividing the work to be completed in shorter time frames (usually two weeks) helps to mitigate the risk of building the wrong thing, forcing important interactions between those time frames.
You don’t have to be in the SaaS industry to leverage the concept of sprints. Do you lead writers? Or maybe marketing strategists? Or even customer success reps? Sales folks? It doesn’t matter. Picking a goal for the next two weeks and being able to complete it not only will build up motivation in the office, but also create alignment. Even if your group is following processes and working on something more operational, there are many reasons for using sprints.
2) Standup meetings
Let’s say that you know what the goal of the current sprint is. So every day, you and your coworkers meet and each person answers three questions:
- What did I do yesterday?
- What will I do today?
- Am I facing any blockers? Is there something that someone could help me with?
Frequent communication will put all of you on the same boat.
3) One on one meetings
Everybody loves to be heard. As a lead or manager, carving out some time every couple of weeks (or, at least, once a month) to check how each one of your mates is doing is the key to address concerns that won’t be brought up in something like a standup, at the same time it builds empathy between the two parties.
However, not preparing beforehand will make that a waste of time. The most productive teams I’ve worked with shared a 1:1’s agenda days before the actual meeting, giving both people the chance of adding topics, and had action items defined whenever applicable. And one more thing – please be specific with the topics you are bringing, no matter if they are related to constructive or positive feedback.
(Teamworki helps with that – more on that note at the end)
4) Tracking team morale
Even if you meet one of your coworkers once a month, being proactive (not only reactive) is the key to get the most out of your team in terms of performance. Issues may arise and you can’t always afford to wait for the next 1:1. That’s why many of the high-performing groups I know have some sort of happiness/morale tracking. Every day, there’s a Google Form or a spreadsheet asking:
- How do you feel, from 1-5? (1: unmotivated, 5: pumped about the work)
- How could your day today be better?
- What is working good?
Imagine if you had an automated way of collecting this from each team member, so you could look at the historical data, keywords, and take action before an issue becomes a problem… Oh, wait, Teamworki has that! More in a minute.
In a nutshell, there’s a lot from tech folks (aside from the videogame sessions at lunch, or just the nerd accessories all over the office) that you can borrow, so you can be the best lead/manager your coworkers ever worked with.
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