Harness the Hive! Bottom Line Impacts of Team Collaboration

Do your coders shy away from testing? Are your leaders or teams struggling to embrace the concept of “T-shaped” individuals? Would you like to demonstrate the impact of collaboration with evidence, and have fun along the way?

What many teams initially think collaboration is, really amounts to cooperation. - doing a little more if there’s time left in an iteration. This hands on workshop will demonstrate the outcomes possible when teams shift fully into collaboration. Through 3 sprints of a simulated product development, participants will get a tangible feel for the differences between coordination, cooperation and deeper cross functional collaboration. They’ll see where bottlenecks really exist when team members stick to their competency AND the impact when they focus instead on the shared goal or outcome. We’ll explore what’s holding back collaboration in our own work teams, and what changes teams can make to foster greater collaboration and higher performance.

This workshop is aimed at Change Agents, Coaches, Scrum Masters and Managers who want to engage their teams to realize the benefits of true collaboration. Additionally, Product Owners and Executives will find the data generated through the exercises beneficial and compelling when faced with stakeholders or teams skeptical of or resistant to collaborate fully and embrace cross functional team work.

Want to help your organization shift from "busy bees" and into a resilient "hive mind" of shared progress and achievement? Come see first hand the impact of collaboration towards a shared goal, and get a sense of how you can Harness your Hive towards higher performance, interactivity and fun.

 
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CONFERENCE TEAM: Please note - this is formatted as a 60 minute session. It's quite easy to make it a 120 min session (as requested by Lynn Winterboer https://twitter.com/agilelynn/status/1075471129253269504) by letting the 3 simulation rounds each run ~5 min longer (for greater debrief of the round), and expanding the discussions in the section on high performance team factors.

[8 min] Intro

  • Connect Participants to each other & the material with a seated pair share of what they want to get out of the session
  • Speaker Intro + Attribute source of core simulation
  • Product is (simulated by) dice rolls of 13 across 3 die
  • Outline Team Structure, "Done", result tracking, 1 roll per day of sim, 13 rolls / sprint

[12 min] Sprint / Round 1: Coordination

  • Explain constraints: each team member will do their "own work" - once they roll 13, they're "done" for the sprint
  • Teams will record their results on a flip chart (on their table) for later discussion
  • check for questions about the round, then start Sprint and countdown timer
  • Debrief results (briefly - pop up observations from 1-3 teams)


[12 min] Sprint / Round 2: Cooperation

  • Explain constraints:
    • once a team member is "done" for the sprint, they may choose to help one other teammate for that "day" / roll
    • when helping another teammate, only 1 of the 2 rolls counts for that work
  • Teams will record their results on a flip chart (on their table) for later discussion
  • check for questions about the round, then start Sprint and countdown timer
  • Debrief results (briefly - pop up observations from 1-3 teams, shifts observed from prior round)


[12 min] Sprint / Round 3: Collaboration

  • Explain constraints: Pull as many 13's across 3 dice as possible per day/roll
  • Teams will record their results on a flip chart (on their table) for later discussion
  • check for questions about the round, then start Sprint and 1countdown timer
  • Debrief results (briefly - pop up observations from 1-3 teams, shifts observed from prior round)

[10 min (for a 60min slot)]: High Performing Team Factors

  • IF THIS IS A 60 MIN SESSION:
    • 5 min: table discussion of what their teams could start, stop or change to shift towards collaborative work
    • 5 min: large group debrief - ideas from 1-3 teams
  • IF THIS IS A 120 MIN SESSION
    • 10 min: table discussion of how they observe similar behaviors in "real life" and what steps might increase collaboration
    • 15 min: workshop debrief of observations & ideas
      • quick pass across each table / team for the ideas
      • then larger group discussion
    • 15 min: Develop plans
      • Introduce Diana Larsen's "Bowls and Soup"
      • tables explore which ideas their "real life" team could implement or influence
    • 10 min: large group debrief of plans


[6 min]: Close

  • steer participants to pair share one takeaway, and one idea for how they'll apply a learning with a partner from another table (increases networking)
  • Thanks, survey reminder and close

Learning Outcome

Participants will:

  • Discover structural and behavioral bottlenecks to collaboration
  • Demonstrate the impact of differences between coordination, cooperation, and true collaboration
  • Distinguish what your own work teams could start, stop or change to shift towards greater collaboration
  • Choose and share at least one idea from the workshop experience which you'll apply in your "real world" beyond the conference bubble

Target Audience

Teams; Scrum Masters; Coaches; Managers

Prerequisite

Basic Agile topics like: timeboxes, cross functional teams

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