High performing teams - an iterative approach

location_city Melbourne schedule Nov 11th 12:15 - 12:55 PM AEST place Oratory people 36 Interested

"What is the single most important next step we need to take?"  The single attribute that categorises high performing teams is the ability to continuously learn and adapt. This applies to every aspect of team practice and culture, not just as a methodology for doing work. Evolving your team culture and practice should also be done iteratively. It is more effective, lower risk and inclusive. We’ll unpack some ways to bring the whole team on this journey. 


Outline/Structure of the Skills Workshop

In this workshop, we will explore an iterative and continuous approach to evolving your team's practices, culture and configuration.  It can be applied at a team level or to an organisation. 

  • I will tell the story of a ‘high calibre team’ who knew they were 'good' and didn’t like to change.
  • I'll tell the story of a humble team that improved their processes by being keen to improve, open to ideas and continuously iterating
  • We'll unpack the fundamental principle of iteration, and outline a loop you can use in your team
    • Gather data/hypothesise 
      • What is the single biggest thing hindering my team from delivering iterative customer value?
    • Brainstorm/explore solution space 
      • What are the possible solutions to that?
    • Decide
      • Which action will provide the cheapest but highest amount of learning?
    • Evaluate
      • Measure your outcomes (you may decide to revert and return to step 2)
    • Repeat!
  • We will relate this to team culture and management approaches.
  • We will relate this to evolving software practice
  • We will relate this to career development 
  • We'll examine how this approach ‘derisks’ change
  • We'll look at how to promote ownership of culture and process from within the team
    • We'll whiteboard some ways to involve the team!
  • We'll have plenty of time to discuss and interact!

Conclusion: To be successful as a team, you need to adapt and change together, continuously. If you don't, you won't keep people engaged and motivated, or be as effective.  Change will happen to you rather than by you.  Doing change in small increments continually builds a culture of self ownership and perpetual betterment.  It minimises fear of change. It empowers everyone because we can get better as people, as a team, as practitioners;  so we work better and create better.

Learning Outcome

Know how to take your whole team on a journey of continuous, measurable and deliberate improvement, iteratively. Be inspired to ask the question “what is the next change we as a team need to make.”  Be equipped to execute and evaluate the outcome.  De-risk and manage change in a people friendly way.

Target Audience

Anyone involved in a software team: but especially leaders and culture setters.

Prerequisites for Attendees


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