A maturing agile team functions quite differently than any other team environment. Here are 10 examples of statements you’ll hear in a developing agile team.
- “Change is to be expected. Change is welcomed and embraced.”
- “Your work is already fantastic but the team is growing. How can we support you in developing the skills to adapt to our advancing team?”
- “You need to change. So do we all. What can we put in place as an organization to support this advancement?”
- “Let’s do an experiment. It might be right or it might be wrong but we won’t know until we try, learn, reflect.”
- “No one is to blame.”
- “Sure. We have all made mistakes but pointing them out gets us nowhere. We can say instead, ‘I am learning how to do… ‘such and such’ in a more effective way,’ and move forward confidently.”
- “Let’s talk about this with the whole team.”
- “Let’s take a vote.”
- “Let’s keep doing our work as we sort this out. Maturing teams mature when individuals keep doing their positive work.”
- “You have a choice about what work you do, when and how.”
Scott Ambler writes more on Agile teams in his article Roles on Agile Teams: From Small to Large Teams and elaborates on how “generalizing specialists” are the key to successful cross-functional teams. He writes, ” Generalizing specialists are the sweet spot between the two extremes of specialists, people who know a lot about a narrow domain, and generalists who know a little about a wide range of topics.”
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