An excellent indicator of a good Agile team is their High Performance. This is very closely linked to the Happiness levels in the Team. So what makes an Happy Agile team?
Have you ever walked into a new team office and immediately noticed a positive atmosphere? High performance teams radiate their happiness around and it is highly visible. Do they have some characteristics which other aspiring teams can emulate? Yes they do and here they are.High performance teams radiate their happiness around and it is highly visible #happyhpt Click To Tweet
#1 Ability to Self Organize
In a Happy HPT (High Performance Team), often you find this prominent characteristic – they tend to organize themselves. What does this mean?
- They make efforts to understand what is expected from them and find out effective ways to get there
- When problems or conflicts arise, they are able to come out of them unscathed with little or no help from outside
- In such teams, Managers or Project Leaders play a directional role to set them on the right path. Micro Management is virtually absent
Self Organization fosters the culture of controlled autonomy where the team constantly moves ahead in their path to success.
#2 Committed to the Objectives
An Happy HPT also exhibit strong commitments towards their objectives. Commitment leads to Performance which in turn leads to Success.
- Commitments are “made” by the team, for the team. They are not “forced” upon them
- Once made, the team takes them seriously and works to achieve them
- They don’t need to be constantly pushed and motivation levels are high to fulfill their commitments
#3 Visible Trust across the Team
A team is as weak as its weakest link. To minimize the weak links, the team members must be ready to trust each other.
- Trust is very visible when it exists (and also when it is not)
- Meetings, Discussions and Reviews are good opportunities to understand the current trust levels of a team
- Criticism is almost always constructive, towards the shared goal
- Team is respectful in all communication and everyone is treated with fairness
#4 Empowered to Share Ideas and Take Decisions
Have you encountered a team member who is always reluctant to share his or her ideas? If yes, you might very well have noticed an non-engaged team.
- In an Happy HPT, every team member feels empowered to share their ideas and contribute to decision making
- Managers and Project Leaders foster a culture to encourage team members, who are hesitant to speak up
- The team members consider it as their responsibility to share their inputs because they have a stake in the outcomes
- It is considered a privilege rather than an obligation, to participate in decision making
- When decisions don’t work, the team takes ownership and find their way out together
#5 Active Participation in Team Activities
Another visible indicator is the participation levels of members in Team Activities.
- An Happy HPT member is willing to participate and give his / her fullest effort towards the activity
- Supervisors take it as their responsibility to identify inactive members and enable participation
- Team activities are used as an opportunity to improve collaboration and serve as an agent of trust
So in short…
A “Happy High Performance Team” is characterized by the following prominent attributes:
- Ability to self organize
- Committed to their Objectives
- Visible Trust across Team members
- Empowered to Share Ideas and Take Decisions
- Active Participation in Team Activities
Is your Agile team an Happy HPT? What do you think are the characteristics of such a team? Do share your thoughts as comments to this post, we read everyone of them!