Achieving High Performance teams
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This month’s topic in Bern is Wie wird ein Team zu einem High-Performance-Team? I spent most of last month conducting one-on-one interviews about exactly this topic with companies throughout Switzerland, and few outside of Switzerland. I found a number of recurring patterns:
- Missing shared goal or purpose. The goals and objectives of the project are not clear, not known or nor supported throughout the organization. Individual objectives may not be in alignment with project goals.
- Missing mindset. Too many people in the organization don’t understand or haven’t bought into the agile mindset. The result is lip service or worse. Surprisingly, it’s not just management. The challenges extend up and down the organization.
- Inability to create alignment. If too many things matter, than nothing matters. Many organizations are not able to create alignment among their stakeholders about what should be done and why, so they are not able to focus their resources enough to achieve high performance.
- Inability to get things done. Most teams are unable to perform the basic skill of delivering bug-free value to the organization or its customers at frequent, regular intervals. The happy organizations all could do this, the unhappy ones could not.
- Inability to hold the new mindset/Roadmap to agile organization is missing. Old habits die hard. The agile mindset represents a new way of thinking, but it is easy to revert to the old ways before the new way is fully established. People often come out of their basic Scrum training full of enthusiasm, but making it real is challenging.
Does this resonate with you? I am looking forward to talking about these challenges and possible solutions in Bern this month.
P.S. Due to a scheduling conflict, I was unable to hold this month’s SBC in Zurich, so this month we are consolidating Zurich and Bern. Of course we’ll be speaking German 😉
See you there!
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