How to make small changes that bring about a big difference in your team’s collaboration.
“Create a rich conversation that ensures all the passive presumptions are transformed into active agreements.” Click To Tweet
A lot of people search for that secret formula for perfect team collaboration within the agile framework. This is especially true with multidisciplinary team members who come together with different ideas, roles and expectations of one other.
The truth is, there is no silver bullet to kill the friction entirely but you can reduce it significantly by creating awareness of the workflow. When you first physically map it out as a whole team, not everyone will agree. This will only serve to enhance the discussion. Just be sure to revisit it regularly to satisfy the best improvement potential of the team.
It may come as a revelation to some, but you don’t always need to include everyone in collaborative efforts. Agile scrum masters or team coaches will often insist on involving everyone in order to cover all bases, but in reality there are only a few events that need everyone’s involvement, like the backlog refinement session.
As long as you set up effective feedback loops where the information is passed along, you needn’t waste time and company investment pulling everyone into every meeting.
Perhaps the most important thing is for everyone to know the roles, responsibilities and expectations of everyone else. If you search online you’ll find a Role Expectations Matrix with a useful exercise to help you do this. You will find this is especially useful when a new team is formed or an existing team has membership changes.
You simply map out all the roles required to meet the user’s needs. Then crossmap it with what you have. This way you replace people’s passive assumptions with active understandings and agreements of each individual role. The exercise itself can open some very rich conversations and I highly recommend it for all team types; from development to creative and leadership teams.
I hope the video and tips above help you to identify and adopt the best techniques for multidisciplinary collaboration within your team. Be sure to carry them through so that you can gain the most value from the diverse skill set you have at your disposal. If you have any questions or topics you’d like me to cover, leave a comment below or send me a message through my website. Thanks for reading. See you next time!
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