One of the positive outcomes of an agile team succeeding in its transformation is the establishment of a high-functioning team.
A high-functioning team works more effectively, efficiently and can innovate more appropriately for the corporate advantage of the business.
Ryan Yeoman has a lot to say on the topic. Although he doesn’t mention agile specifically, he’s right on in his approach.
In his article, “Strong Teams Start With Trust: 5 Ways To Build Trust in Your Teams,” he writes that:
All of them point to trust as a critical and fundamental piece to success – in business and in life.
Piggy-backing all these thoughts and making it personal to myself, trust enables me to be more. It enables me to:
- Accomplish more and do better work by getting feedback and synergizing
- Grow and learn more by allowing myself to be “open” and receive information
- Teach more and serve by letting me focus my attention on others
- Care more and empathize because I’m not constantly worried about protecting myself
- Be more human
Trust helps you accept deepening relationships and removes politics and silos from the work place, creating an organization within which people feel safe. At its simplest, trust is a catalyst for your organization to be more: more nimble, more efficient, more effective. It’s like oxygen for a successful team – one simply can’t exist without it.
I found his comments insightful and his links appropriate.
This is an excellent article for those team members who are striving for excellence and learning to trust one another, and themselves, in the process.