KEEP A BALANCE FOR MAXIMUM GROWTHDr. Saya Sone
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Let us admit it. Agile team often lives under a fast pace to deliver working software in a very short cycle. Some team members could not adopt agility and finally burst out that they started to dislike Agile. As a leader or an Agile coach, the major factor to success is to help teams keep a balance for maximum grow so team can engage in delivering software as expected.
The basic idea to maximize growth is to keep balanced amount of challenge and support as appropriate for your team. Just like when you are a little child, your parent give you challenge (”Here, kid, lace ‘em up!”) or support (”let me tie them for you…”). The imbalance could impact your team’s performance. Too much support, your team will never really learn what they need to grow and develop, on the other hand, too much challenge, and the team will become frustrated and possibly quit trying. It is important for leaders and coaches to understand that team will accept challenge when they are ready. For example, introducing pair programming to your team when they are not ready to adopt the technique, the action would become a burden or an artificial for your team. They may just fake it out.
How does all of this relate to the Agile practices? The Agile experience is one of the greatest experiments of growth in testing team’s collaboration. For that growth to occur, each team member needs to be challenged (and supported) appropriately through a variety of experiences, both inside and out of the team environment. Some of these experiences may be unpleasant, like fixing your own defects. Challenge and support does not imply that the team member will never experience failure or negative consequences, but what it does imply is that when those consequences take place, there will be individuals and processes in place to support the team member as they learn from the Agile experience. Support comes from a lot of places, including management, organization, Agile coach, CEO, or colleagues. However, a major component of that support comes from the encouragement we all give to the team to keep trying and to ask for help with each other.