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Category: Agile

10 Questions to Ask Your Team Every Week

Asking how “happy” someone is might be a good starting point in a one-on-one meeting, but it might not provide enough insights for you, as a leader, to act on. Researchers have been suggesting a more team-oriented and objective approach, where the questions you bring to the table can be more insightful, measurable, and human-centric. …

Tips for Effective Retrospectives in Agile Teams

Retrospectives are one of the most important agile ceremonies: essentially, get together with your teammates to discuss what went well, what didn’t go so well, and identify action items to improve as a group. To celebrate Teamworki‘s latest release – you nailed it, Retros – we brought a few ideas you can leverage in your …

The Best Team Icebreakers to Make Your Meeting Fun

The highest performing teams I’ve worked with used to run, every once in a while, an icebreaker. Either before a meeting such as a retrospective, as part of celebrating a milestone, or when onboarding new members.We put together, in this blog post, a few icebreakers we’ve used after getting positive feedback from teams in the …

How to be Successful as a Remote-Friendly Team

Distributed teams are becoming more and more common. However, are they getting more remote-friendly at the same pace? I doubt that… Here you can find a few tips to make remote coworkers feel better in your “guild”. 1) Small talk If you are like me, still struggling to set boundaries in your calendar around the …

How to Avoid Impostor Syndrome as a New Team Lead

Impostor Syndrome is a term trending up on casual conversations and Google searches. That condition is when one feels as if they were wearing a mask – something that hides a lack of abilities or skills required for a job. Most of the time, however, the abilities and skills are there, and it is all …

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Be a Proactive Leader: Track Team Morale and Avoid Issues

As a team leader, you have the responsibility of setting your team up for success. And that includes creating a safe space for your coworkers and showing them they can trust you. Can you avoid an uncomfortable situation from happening in the first place, though? Please don’t get me wrong: one on ones are an …

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The Secret of High-Performing Teams: Google’s Project Aristotle

In 2012, Google researched its 180 R&D teams, looking for what habits and practices the most successful groups had in common. The project was called Aristotle due to his famous quote: “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. The data suggested that individual factors such as IQ and educational degrees, aside from …

5 Tips For Effective One on One Meetings at Work

As a leader, you have to create a safe space where your team members feel comfortable approaching you. If you can show openness to feedback and help coworkers with their struggles, you will build trust. Many modern companies, especially tech businesses, have been advocating for a feedback culture, where leads and members chat every once …

4 Tips to Boost Team Collaboration in the Agile Era

When launched in the 2000s, the Agile Manifesto shook things up, mostly in the tech industry. Putting people above long requirement documents, bureaucracy, and long processes was a powerful mindset towards building team collaboration and keeping motivation at a high level. Countless books and frameworks brought their interpretation of what being agile meant. Ceremonies and …