Communication and Collaboration through Self-DISCovery
"Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools", thus begins the Agile Manifesto. This shows that the authors of the Agile Manifesto considered "Individual and Interactions" of foremost importance. Ironically even after a decade and half since Agile Manifesto’s release, Agile initiatives in several organizations value “Processes and Tools” more than “Individuals and Interactions”.
One of the biggest challenges which teams (especially the newly formed ones) encounter in Agile development scenario is related to “Individuals and Interactions”. This means dealing with complex issues like individual behavior, communication between the team members, conflicts within the team that prevent effective collaboration etc. These issues lead to team dysfunctions and adversely impact the team morale and the quality and timeliness of the deliverables.
The need of the hour is high performing teams that delivers value with agility, passion and joy in an environment of openness and trust.
If individuals in a team develop a better awareness and understanding of their respective behavioral patterns and also that of the other members of the team.they can adapt their communication and working style while interacting with others.
DISC is a behavior assessment framework based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Moulton Marston, which centers on four different behavioral traits, which are called: dominance, influence, support, and conscientiousness.
This workshop will introduce DISC framework to the participants . Through various activities like - quizzes, exercises and role playing, participants will learn how to communicate , collaborate and take decisions in an effective manner in their workplace using DISC framework. This will be a major step towards high performing teams.
This workshop based on the book - Individuals and Interactions: An Agile Guide by Ken Howard and Barry Rogers was facilitated by me several times during one of my coaching engagements. It got good responses and feedback from the participants.
Outline/structure of the Session
- Context Setting (5 min)
- What's your Behavioral Profile - A Short Self-assessment Quiz (10 min)
- DISC Behavioral Profiles - An Introduction (15 min)
- Mapping DISC Profiles - An Exercise (10 min)
- Face-to-Face and Collaborative Conversations (15 min)
- DISC based Communication and Conversations (15 min)
- DISC based Collaboration and Decision Making (15 min)
- Summary (5 min)
[The above outline is for a 90 min. workshop. I am also open to present this session as a 45 min. Talk format by cutting down on exercises and activities if there is a constraint in allotting a 90 min. slot]
At the end of this workshop the participants will be in a position to
- Understand their own and their co-worker's behavioral profile
- Learn about the effective ways to improve communication, interaction and teamwork with people with different behavioral profiles
- Get to know how behavioral profiles impact collaboration and decision making
Team members, Managers, Coaches, Consultants and anyone who has to often interact with people