Extreme Agile Team Building: The Rules of Getting Engagement

Elevator Pitch:

As an Agile Leader you know Agile has the power to transform an organization into a high performing machine, but it will never succeed without everyone on the bus. Currently the U.S. is in the midst of an employee engagement crisis. Only 33% of U.S. workers report that they are truly engaged in their jobs! Getting people invested and engaged is crucial to the goals of any organization. But most have no strategy or defined rules for getting that desperately needed personal engagement. During this session we will arm Agile Leaders with the necessary information and then guide them through building a strategy to maximize team engagement.

Description:

As an Agile Leader do you feel like no matter how much they are paid or how many perks they get, your teams just don't seem to care about the work? Currently, The U.S. - and the world at large - is in the midst of an employee engagement crisis. Only 33% of U.S. workers report that they are truly engaged in their jobs! You know Agile has the power to transform an organization into a high performing machine, but you also know it will never succeed without everyone on the bus.

All successful Agile leaders try to empower and inspire teams to deliver faster to market and innovate new solutions. These elements are essential for an organization to thrive in this fast paced, ever changing, highly competitive landscape. Yet, many leaders have no strategy or defined rules for getting that desperately needed personal engagement.

During this session we will review 'The Rules of Getting Engagement'. We will arm Agile Leaders with the necessary information to understand what engagement really means. Then we will guide them through building a strategy to get their teams invested and connected to the work. We'll discuss the 3 steps of how to create an authentic and clear EVP (Employee Value Proposition) that functions in harmony with their organization’s values and culture. We'll discover what a team's best employees can teach about engagement and we'll learn about easy, cheap and even free team building activities that can have lasting effects with big results.

This session is collaborative and includes interaction with the participants throughout. The participants will break into teams and practice creating their own EVPs.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

5 min - Introduction, Review of The Engagement Crisis. During this section we will discuss the current state of employee engagement, how it got that way, and what an engaged team looks like.

This talk isn't lecture style, but rather a chance to ask questions of the audience and hear and share some stories about people's own experiences with team engagement or the lack of it.

25 min - During this section we will review 'The Rules of Getting Engagement' and complete the associated exercises/discussions.

1. End Command and Control - In this section we will talk about the old methods for getting people to work hard and understand why they do NOT work anymore. We'll discuss how old habits die hard and where some outdated command and control could still be hiding in your organization. We'll learn where to look for anti-engagement patterns.

2. Create an Employee Value Proposition (EVP) -In this section we will introduce the idea of the EVP - Essentially it answers the question of "Why should I work here?" What are the tangible rewards? - Good Salary, benefits, perks, etc. and what are the intangible ones? - Culture of work/life balance, Compassion for working parents, regular honest appreciation, etc. We'll discuss the 3 steps to creating an authentic EVP that aligns with your organizations culture, values, and day to day operations. We'll, also share sample EVPs from current organizations.

3. Keep the EVP Promises! - You can't say you have a culture of compassion for working parents but then publicly scold a team member when they have to leave early to pick up their child. We'll discuss what is promised in the EVP and how to keep those promises.

4. Find the Pain Then Say "Physician Heal Thyself..." - Teams don't just need freedom and support to build great software, they also need support and encouragement to innovate new ways to make their own jobs easier, faster, and even more fun! They need to be empowered to automate, streamline, or just eliminate work. We'll discuss how to find the pain, and then support teams into self-healing.

5 Min. Exercise : Sam likes the organization he works for but hates that he spends most of his day generating tedious reports that no one seems to read. As Sam's Agile Leader what would you do? Break into groups of 2 or 3 and discuss.

5. Learn From the Best! - Studying the best employees at your organization can help you create a great EVP. Ask them what they like about their jobs, their team, the organization - AND ask them what could entice them to leave. in this section we'll discover how these folks can help you the most with writing your EVP and getting engagement.

6. Double down on appreciation - Small things can equal big rewards when leaders recognize that people want and need appreciation. We'll review several interesting, fun, and different ways to get the value that comes from active appreciation for the team and its individuals.

7. Final Rule: DIVE IN! - Finally, If you don't believe it - neither will they! In this final section we'll discuss what a leader who truly believes in their EVP thinks, acts, and looks like.

10 Min. Final Exercise: Break into groups and write an EVP that is either based on an organization you currently or previously worked for - or create an EVP for your dream job. 5 minutes for writing EVPs, 5 min. for sharing and discussion.

5 Min. - Final Thoughts, Q & A

Learning Outcome

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the details of the Engagement crisis
  • Identify Team Building Anti-patterns
  • Learn how to create an EVP (Employee Value Proposition) and implement an overall strategy to drive engagement
  • Help leaders to understand why appreciation is the most important Task to complete for getting engagement and give them ideas for how to actively show it

Target Audience

Agile Leaders, Scrum Masters, and Agile Practitioners

Prerequisites for Attendees

For this workshop you need to have experience practicing Agile methods. You, also, need to actually care about the people doing them with you. smile

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • the emphasis on employee engagement
    • the interactiveness of the session

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • Boiling the abstract down into something that will attract "the right people" to the session
    • Expanding the outline/structure to give the reviewers a better idea of the content of the session. E.g.,
      • What do you mean by Employee Value Proposition? What's an example?
      • What are the interactive elements you're including?
    • Brittain Corey Silver
      By Brittain Corey Silver  ~  1 year ago
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      Thanks George! Love the feedback. I've made quite a few changes, and hope this is more towards what you were looking for.  I'm excited about Agile DC 2018! Last year we had a great time, and I can already tell this one is going to be amazing. wink