Cycles of Development Applied to Teams
In her theory of cycles of development, Pam Levin talks about 7 stages a human being goes through from birth to becoming an adult. Each of these stages have unique requrements for any individual. The way the environment responds to the individual in each of these stages will determine how the individual will make sense of themselves with respect to their environment.
Interestingly an individual goes through these stages when they enter a new situation. This could be as simple as walking into a roomful of new people or when they join a new team, or an organisation. Each one has their own own pace. While this is very logical for an individual how is this related to Agile?
I have seen that teams also go through stages in their development. This is not just the forming, norming, storming and performing stages which is the internal process of a team. This is about the team being identified as an entity and being supported in their journey of becoming a high performing team. In understanding the cycles of development, we get some clues of what needs a team may have at different points in their journey to becoming self-organised.
I would like to discuss Dr.Pam Levin's model in the context of a team and propose do's and don'ts that can support the journey of a team
The seven stages:
Outline/structure of the Session
1. Set the Context of the personality theory and explain Pam Levin's model
2. Exercise for participants to identify their pattern so that they can relate
3. Propose the model as it applies to the individuals and teams in the context of an organisation
4. Do's and Don'ts that will help nurture teams to reach the level of maturity and become high performance teams
5. Feedback and wrap-up. Each of the above steps would take 10 minutes
Understand the development stages a person goes through from birth to becoming a person
Individuals get a chance to connect with themselves and discover how their sense of self emerges in different situations
Learn the use of developmental stages applied to teams to help nurture the individuals and teams they work with
Take back some do's and don'ts that will help them and others to work with each other
Coaches, Scrum Masters, Teams