Why Your Teams Keep Failing, and How To Stop It
You bring a team together, give them some work, and yet they don't meet the organization's or manager's expectations. They fail to deliver, fail to jell, and fail to perform. Why? Before a team can be high-performing, they must first come together as a team. Come get real world, specific ideas on how to properly kick off a team, setting them up for success for themselves, and the business.
Outline/Structure of the Workshop
Intro & set the stage - 5 min
Identify problems: as table-groups, discuss common problems and why teams "fail". Have them scribe/summarize the problems, then do a whole-class, group debrief - 15 min
Now, as facilitators, we're going to go "meta" -- how did that process work? were you guys a 'team', at your tables? what sort of behaviours did you notice in just this short exercise? - 5 min
NOTE: maybe not as well as they had hoped, because they themselves were not a team yet!
We will give the whole class a common visions/goal/product to work towards - 10 min
Now, based on the problems identified in Step 2 above, we will selectively choose 1 -3 (depending on timing) of the following list of activities. We will facilitate the whole class in working through these exercises as table groups, making each table more and more a 'team'. This is very much a "go with the flow" moment, picking which ones of the below items to facilitate, and how many, based on the input and the time remaining in the session.
Team working agreements -- what they are and how to make them - 15 min
Team values, identifying collectivism vs. individualism - 15 min
Why Agile? Identify supports and detractors, and show them how to address what's holding them (and the team) back - 10 min
Identify Roles using containers - 15 min
Marketplace of skills - 15 min
Moving Motviators -- identify each person's individual intrinsic motivators, and how to appeal to each one as a team member - 10 min
When we reach the natural end of our session, we will make sure to leave time for a Q&A of roughly 10 min
Obviously, we won't be able to do ALL of the activities above, but this is a list that will address, we believe, the majority of the issues and problems the attendees will come up with in Step 2. And each session will be different, based on the problems the group has brought up!
What makes a team vs a group of individuals
Specific team launching activities
SM, Team Lead, Manager, PM, Coach
Prerequisites for Attendees
Be a part of a team, or have influence over an existing team, or the creation of a new team.
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