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  • Angie Doyle

    Angie Doyle / Talia Lancaster - 3... 2... 1... We have Sprint-Off

    90 Mins

    Getting new teams to work together is hard. Really. Hard.

    Is it because there is so much hype around new Agile teams? Or is it because there is such a focus on “doing things right” (or “doing” Agile right), that we forget about the people actually doing the work? Regardless of the reason, before we can change the way people work... we need to focus on the things that are important for teamwork to work!

    We believe that the key to high-performance teams is creating an intentional culture that respects and embraces diversity - whether it be race, gender, class, culture, age, beliefs, language, skills or background. So join us as we explore the Team Canvas – sort of like a Business Model Canvas for teamwork - covering nine essential teamwork elements:

    • Purpose - Why we are doing what we are doing?
    • People & Roles - What are our names, roles, and responsibilities?
    • Common goals - What do we as a group want to achieve together?
    • Personal goals - What do I as an individual want to achieve?
    • Team values - What do we really stand for and believe in?
    • Needs and expectations - What do each of us need to be successful in a diverse team?
    • Rules & Activities - How do we communicate and keep everyone up to date?
    • Strengths & Assets - What skills do we have in the team?
    • Weaknesses & Risks - What are the weaknesses we have, as an individual and as a team?

    During this session, we walk through our agenda for team lift-offs, facilitation posters and preparation work required, materials needed, and facilitation tips and tricks. All packaged in a handy pocket guide, that you can use to explore tried and tested techniques for each essential element. You also have an opportunity to practice some of these techniques during the session.

    Get ready to lift-off your team in T-minus 3... 2... 1...

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

I was looking for ways for teams to better collaborate and deliver on work. I found out about Agile and immediately knew that this is what I had been looking for - a way to remove hand-offs, work better as a team and delivery value in smaller pieces. 

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the Agile community today?

One of the biggest challenges is Agile that is being implemented in the wrong way that gives Agile a bad name. The next big hurdle is for organisations to adopt Agile, not just development teams. Business Agility is going to become increasingly important. 

3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

Angie Doyle and I will be presenting two workshops together. Our session "3... 2... 1... We have Sprint-Off" is about setting teams up for success. We use various fun techniques to focus on areas to build a culture of high performance in teams. We use these often with teams and always have great feedback. We are excited to share this with the community and help build awesome teams in the community. 

Our session "'Boredroom" games and how to play them' uses gamification to encourage team collaboration and discussion when setting goals. It's a great way to solve complex problems in a fun way! Using the SMART framework, we guide teams to better goal setting. We chose this topic because setting good goals is so important for team success. 

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

"3... 2... 1... We have Sprint-Off" will equip people with powerful and fun techniques that they can use in their teams. It's a way to set an intentional team culture and promote high performance. 

'"Boredroom" games and how to play them' will give attendees the confidence to use this game with their teams. It encourages teams to think about goals in a structured way, while having fun in the process!