What’s your expertise? First steps to cross-functional team collaboration.Anna
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Cross-functional teams are the essence of the Agile development process. When the team is built, the expectations are that the team members will contribute to the best of their abilities to the team success. However, the latest social studies demonstrate that experts of different disciplines are not bound to collaborate well. What is the reason? For one, there is no common ground to recognize each other expertise. The silos which exist between different sciences and crafts manifest themselves when cross-functional team is built. Many cross-functional teams become dysfunctional only because the team members don’t recognize and respect each other’s expertise.
What is the root cause of such phenomenon? According to social scientists, the reasons lay in fast pace development of each professional discipline. Every community of practice has their own body of knowledge supported by latest research in their field, develops their own lingo, cultivates their own culture, and recognizes their own authorities. Without a conscious effort to understand the specific skills of the new team members, each practitioner has a superficial understanding and little trust in other practitioners’ level of expertise. Additional steps are needed for the team members to establish “common language” when discussing their everyday tasks, discover optimal solutions and select most efficient ways to reach team goals.
The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the framework for cross-functional team collaboration that is supported by latest research in social studies. The game format is suggested in order to prevent the professionals from recycling their own biases. Through game activities and focused exercises, participants learn how to recognize the expertise of their team members and establish common jargon for better collaboration between practitioners of different disciplines.
Using game-based techniques to interview & hire great people - Let’s play JengaJason Tice
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Recently I had the privilege of interviewing several agile coach candidates in consideration to join my firm. Instead of spending all of our time asking typical interview questions about past activities coaching agile teams and helping organizations transform, we asked candidates if they would be willing to coach several volunteers through a quick game of Jenga so as to see how they would perform coaching members of a simulated team. The integration of game play into interviews for positions like agile coaches, ScrumMasters or any team member for that matter can provide valuable insights into prior experiences and assess communication abilities at a much greater level of fidelity than is yielded by typical interview questions. The benefits of using games within interviews for coaching positions are analogous to the benefits gained by using a pair-programming session to assess both the technical skills and communication skills of software developers on agile teams. Moreover, these valuable insights and the opportunity to experience how a coaching candidate would interact with actual team members was gained in just over 5 minutes.
Join us at AgileGames 2015 for a Jenga session where you’ll have an opportunity to experience game-based techniques for job interviews that will allow you to gather more precise information regarding candidates under consideration in less time. During this GameJam session, participants will work in groups of 3 or 4 to go through simulated coaching interviews. These interviews will be facilitated in a round-robin manner to allow participants to experience both what it is like to facilitate a game within a job interview as an interviewer, as well as provide an opportunity to experience what it is like to be interviewed using game-based techniques as an interviewee.