Forming, or Launching, a new Agile Team is a critical step that is very often skipped due to lack of knowledge, time pressure or just eagerness to get on with work as soon as possible. This workshop discusses and demonstrates the importance of taking the time to launch teams and provides hand-on knowledge on how to Form a Team. This technique has been used by several organizations in the US and Australia. The last being the 2nd largest bank in Australia launching teams in an organization of 4500 people.

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Outline/Structure of the Workshop/Game

During this session we will take people through the first five practices of our delivery team transformation road map. People will be asked to form teams and will provide a 'vision statement' . We will guide them through the first five practices using our gemPowers Knowledge Base and team self-assessment tool. Please see presentation deck for screen shots of the tool we will be using. This session helps people understand how to use a road map, agreed expectations and short, self-assessed feedback loops to help launch teams on their journey to new ways of work.

  • Break into teams and provide "Vision Statement" (5 min)
  • Discuss the importance of Forming a Team and assign roles (5 min)
  • Workshop:
    • Team purpose, working agreement, new member onboarding (5min)
    • Intake Work (5min)
    • Manage Work (5min)
    • Delivery Team Event Schedule (5min)
    • Manage Backlog (5min)
  • Q&A

Learning Outcome

At the end of the session attendees will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the importance of forming a team.
  • Understand and articulate why it is important for teams to agree on how work comes into the team.
  • Understand and agree to how the team will manage their work.
  • Understand and articulate why it is important to create an events schedule and the norms for the events.

Target Audience

Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Agile team members

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic knowledge of agile principles and practices.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  6 days ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Team formation is critical to team success

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • Giving the reviewers some information on what you're going to say. The attached video is glib, and doesn't give an indication of how you actually achieve results with any given group of people.
    • Teri Christian
      By Teri Christian  ~  6 days ago
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      Sorry about my video skills, I do admit they are lacking :) 

      • Teri Christian
        By Teri Christian  ~  6 days ago
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        Updated the submission to include more about the structure of the workshop and also some screen shots of the tool we use to guide people through the process of launching their teams. They will actually launch teams around a made up scenario. Hope the updates help!

        • George Dinwiddie
          By George Dinwiddie  ~  6 days ago
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          Please put more information in the Outline.