Agile Team Dynamics

Agile teams contain people with different skills, roles and ideas. This diversity enables the team to respond to a wide variety of problems that need solving. The diversity can also create breakdowns in communication and interactions. In this session we'll explore a Four-Player model that frames communications and interactions. We'll observe the model in action, discuss what happens when communication and interaction works well, and consider what to do when they don't. -- Don Gray started n-th Order Systems in 1984 providing professional services to the process control industries. From coding he moved to systems integration and then working with development teams and doing technical training. He currently works with software development teams as they embrace new development methods. In addition to presenting at local agile meetings, Don is helping organize the March 19 - 21, 2010 Agile Coach Camp in Durham. Together with Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman and Steve Smith he hosts the AYE Conference: Exploring Human Systems in Action.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice of iContact to provide the facility. The room is getting a bit small for the group size now, as attendance increases. Good presentation! Thank you Jeff and iContact!

    March 3, 2010

  • David S.

    One follow-up thought - the 4-player model and the team dynamics exercise would apply to any team, not just an agile one. What's specific to agile? Here are a few thoughts of mine.

    1) Agile neturally provides for very good bystander feedback, both on the whole product and on individual parts. In other methodologies, the bystander role is often weak or missing.
    2) Short iterations are great for frequent role-switching.
    3) Agile encourages opposition (also often weak).

    What do you think?

    March 3, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great reminder that a good team dynamic cannot be replaced by a cool methodology or tools. Thank you to all those who made this such a rich experience especially to my partners on the educational balloon endeavor. I have already started applying the lessons learned.
    We are planning out our family summer. I have created a team org chart for our family that shows the tendency of each family member : whether they are a mover, follower, opposser or bystanders. Should I share with them or will it influence their behaviour? Okay just kidding on the org chart.

    March 3, 2010

  • Craig M.

    A great learning experience in team dynamics while being engaging and fun. The Kantor 4-player model, demonstrated by the team product development exercise has provided me with a new perspective. Which will help me adapt to each teams perspective and needs.

    March 3, 2010

  • Craig M.

    Great exercises, memorable and informative! Good job.

    March 3, 2010

  • Ken K.

    The Kantor 4-Layer Model is valid to a highly productive and fully functional Agile team. A great learning experience with hands-on teamwork and Don's expertise. A good look at the role of the ScrumMaster on the Agile team.

    March 3, 2010

  • Mark G.

    Interesting to see many older people, and no youngsters. So, the kids are interested in building a widget, and the oldsters are interested in building a team. I think you've to a pretty good audience.

    March 3, 2010

  • Kevin T E.

    I really enjoyed the exercises, the talk and the group of people that attended

    March 2, 2010

  • Mark M.

    Excellent articulation and insight into the inner workings and interactions of teams. This should help us all build stronger teams.

    March 2, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Room was too small for the number of people. Some food would have been great :)

    The presentation was well done and I left with food for thought.

    Amr

    March 2, 2010

  • Jim S.

    Excellent exercise in team dynamics and a fine presentation to go with it.

    March 2, 2010

  • Jose S.

    Very popular meeting and space was tight.

    March 2, 2010

  • Nelson N.

    Great presentation, had everyone participating, and a large number of people stayed after the presentation to continue discussing the subject. Had a great time!

    March 2, 2010

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