Team Culture - Bring and Share

Steve Lake will explore team culture and asks you to bring your experiences on team culture with you to discuss from teams you currently work with

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  • Stephen L.

    If you want some interesting reading about one specific team culture, this is an eye opener: http://www.valvesoftware.com/company/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • Chris B.

      It's interesting that both Valve and Microsoft use stack ranking but for very different reasons: Valve so that they can calculate payscales in a decentralised way, and MS so they can criticise people who are performing below "average". (neglecting the fact that a team average may represent superlative performance in the context of the company or industry as whole)

      February 14, 2014

    • Tom R.

      I do believe that MS have abandoned stack ranking and it was more than criticise they would sack the lowest 10%, and this really helped with building a solid and unified team when you knew that if you could make someone look worse than you then your job was likely to be safe;)

      February 14, 2014

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    A former member

    Sorry for not showing tonight, wife went into labour, baby girl born at 6.15pm! See you all next time!

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Stephen L.

      Congratulations

      February 13, 2014

    • Tom R.

      Congrats to you and the family Kamal

      February 14, 2014

  • Tom R.

    This is an article I wrote in 2010 and had published on the Scrum Alliance website regarding cultivating high performing teams, it may take you out of your comfort zone, but then that is the fun of it:)

    http://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2010/august/the-quest-for-high-performance

    February 14, 2014

  • Harvey S.

    An interesting and diverse group; a conversation on culture with agilists of all kinds.

    February 12, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    If you want to see the other end of the spectrum from the valve document I linked to earlier in the discussion, see this:
    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2012/08/microsoft-lost-mojo-steve-ballmer

    February 12, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    Thanks everyone for coming along and making fir a vigorous discussion. I learnt a few things, and I hope you did too.

    3 · February 12, 2014

  • jeff p.

    Team culture is 80% about turning up, 20% not being a douche. Seen I'm going to fail on both counts tonight. Sorry.

    February 12, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    Good morning Agilists (as meetup calls us).

    We are meeting this week to have a session on team culture. As I mentioned previously, can you prepare some examples of positive and negative team culture that you have experienced, along with some thoughts of what effect those attributes have on the team, management and overall business. Some areas I would like to explore:
    How should we measure the success or otherwise of a team culture?
    Is the team culture relevant to the business?
    How can I (should I) as an individual influence my team culture?


    See you all on Wednesday.

    Steve..

    February 10, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    Ah, you beat me to it Tom. I will post more details a week or so before the session, but what I would like is if everyone could bring an example of a team that has worked well and one that has not. It does not have to be a team you have worked as part of, or even a software engineering team, it could be sport / church / voluntary group, basically any other organisation that you are involved with. Start to think about the reasons WHY the team has succeeded or failed? Individual characters / location / ethos / momentum / how much pizza the company pays for Etc. Etc.
    Also lets think about what point of view can a team be measured as successful? Happiness / productivity / attrition rate / health / work life balance Etc. Etc.

    For me a successful evening would be one where we distil perhaps 10 points about of what makes a good team, and particularly how that keys in with the agile concepts.

    January 29, 2014

  • Tom R.

    I bumped into Steve on the train last night and he will be posting details shortly

    January 29, 2014

  • David L.

    I'm really looking forward to this as differences in team culture seem to be a huge factor both in how successful teams are and in how enjoyable it is to be in them.

    January 28, 2014

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