Storming Agile Teams: Intro

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Storming Agile Teams: Intro

You are about to read the first article of the second workbook of the “Agile Teams from Forming to Perfoming series” titled “Storming Agile Teams“.

How do we got here?

In the Final Thoughts section of my first worbook “Forming Agile Teams“,  I have invited the reader to continue iterating through the Forming stage of the team’s development process until some of the signs that follow arise in the team:


Is these enough to tell that a team has entered the Storming phase?

Well, it requires more than just that. Here is a extended list of the main signs that might help you identify when a team has entered into the storming phase of their development journey:

  • Low level of trust.
  • Low level of collaboration between team members.
  • Low level of transparency and visibility about tasks progression.
  • Collaboration agreements unclear or undefined.
  • Respect between members is doubtful.
  • Undefined goals, and if defined, they are misinterpreted or understood depending of each team member perspective.
  • Poorly defined tasks.
  • Roles and responsibilities in the process of being defined/clarified.
  • Results are highly impacted depending of conflict intensity.
  • Team’s Vision, if defined, unclear on people’s minds.
  • Voice tone and communication tend to be violent.
  • The Blaming game seems to be a common practice when issues arise.
  • Use of Irony and Sarcasm highly present when communicating.
  • Individuals first then team’s interests.
  • Individual point of view prevails instead of a collective purpose.
  • You can smell fear, and people try to avoid fighting it.
  • Personal/task destructive conflicts arise between team members during team ceremonies.
  • Team members are unaware about the team  entering/navigating though the conflict zone. 

Storming Agile Teams Challenges

As you might noticed above, there are many subjects that would require your attention, if you want to be able to help your teams navigate through the storm. So let’s mention some of them, just to give you an idea, how much work we might need to do on ourselves, to ensure that our teams would get the best out of us:

  • Active listening (Intermediate level)
  • Be able to explore and observe (Intermediate level)
  • Facilitation skills (Intermediate level facilitator based on Ingrid Bens’s book “Advanced Facilitation Strategies: Tools and techniques to master difficult situations” assessment)
  • From Emotional Intelligence I would say, you might need to learn more about:
    • Self-Awareness
      • Emotional awareness
    • Self-Management
      • Emotional balance
      • Positive outlook
      • Adaptability
      • Achievement Orientation
    • Social Awareness
      • Organizational awareness
      • Empathy
    • Relationship Management
      • Influence
      • Conflict Management
      • Coach & Mentor
      • Inspirational leadership
      • Team work
  • Many more but I think that we can stop here for now.

Does that mean that I’ll be writting a book to teach you about all the subjects that I’ve mentioned above?

Well, not exactly. My intention is to provide you with a workbook that would offer you the techniques that I’ve used with my teams to help them navigate through the Storming phase of their journey, but also I would do my best to point you out, the areas that you might need to workout and learn to bring your A game when helping your teams to move forward.

 Why is so important to help a team with moving quickly out of this stage ?

Patrick Lencioni has said on his book “Overcoming The Five DYSFUNCTIONS of a TEAM”, this about “Fearing Conflicts”:

If team members are never pushing one another outside of their emotional coMfort zones during discussions then it is extremely likely that there are not making the best decisions for the organization

How would this workbook could help you with?

The Storming Agile Teams workbook content would divided in four different main areas:

  1. Identify ideal organizational conditions to be able to navigate through the Storming phase
  2. Identifying where your team’s are in the Conflict Continuum
  3. Techniques to help you and your team’s navigate through the Storming phase
    1. I would use the Storming Agile Teams Flow to visually guide us through it
    2. Provide you with techniques, tools, tips and tricks to help you help your teams when:
      1. Working together during
        1. Planning
        2. Doing
        3. Verifying
        4. Controlling team’s work
      2. Creating safety environments to enable constructive conflicts.
    3. Storming Stories
      1. A section dedicated to stories that I would gather from people like you, who are willing to share their views with me and my readers.
  4. Templates, tools and exercises like retrospectives, to enrich your Agile Practitioner toolbox and help you raise your game.

If that resonates with you, then help me by supporting the cause by getting your workbook Pre-Ordered here, I’ll do my best to keep writing and get it done before the end of the Winter 2018. 

What I won’t write about in the workbook?

I promise you that I would keep my writting style and I would do my best to keep the content as practical as possible, which means that I won’t be rewritting what others have done 100 times better than I would have.

This is it?

This is far from being the end of the workbook’s intro. So please don’t stop here and tell me:

  • What else do you think should be added to the workbook to make it a great one?
  • Do you have an experience to share that you want me to mention as part of the “Storming Stories”?
    • If that the case, please let me know by emailing me at [email protected] and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you for being there to encourage me, for supporting me in many ways, and for making me a better human being.

All the best wishes,

Jesus

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