Growing People

Leonor Urena

Over the last decade we have seen an increasing amount of money being invested in technology, and as a result many organizations have taken advantage of cutting edge developments that have revolutionized how they do business.

But what about the people who need to operate that technology? In some ways, people are far more complicated than technological innovation. Human beings are completely unique, unpredictable, reactive and easily influenced by external factors. Therefore it is just as important to invest time and effort in to your growing agile teams – after all, great businesses are built from the inside out. Agile methodology recognizes the importance of the people inside your business and dedicates substantial focus to creating strong teams by growing the individuals that make it. Here is a brief look at how Agile is used to help grow agile teams in your organization.

Growing  Agile Teams

Communication Skills

Communication is an essential part of any team and an individual with awesome communication skills can be a valuable asset. Agile practises work to nurture and develop these skills through a range of activities and working methods. For example, Gelling, a new browser training game from Agile Literacy encourages commitment, collaboration and cooperation through play. Teams that participate learn to be open, honest and respectful of each other, improving their communication skills and producing a better result. Successfully growing communication skills is great news for your employees who can make use of them throughout their professional and even personal lives. It is also great for your business as teams that can communicate well are generally more efficient, more innovative and yield a greater performance.

Growing Team Player Mentality

A team player mentality is essential in any successful group, but not all of us are wired to work well with other people. Learning to work together as a part of a team is a key element of Agile which teaches individuals about different elements of team-working including:

  • How to fairly distribute tasks

  • How to utilize peoples skills and abilities

  • How to take accountability for your work

  • How to raise questions and concerns with other team members

[optin-monster-shortcode id="aidp9pziclmkfyaj"] When it comes to distributive teams, learning to work together can be even harder as you won’t have the same level of communication as you would in a shared office. Extra steps need to be taken to ensure that the team interacts as much as possible, for example by ensuring that daily stand-ups are held via video-conferencing or by allowing the use of Instant Messaging between team members. An Agile ScrumMaster is particularly good at helping to foster collaboration and cooperation between team members, and removing any obstacles that are preventing these vital steps from happening. Growing team mentality successfully can improve the morale, productivity and effectiveness of your teams, ensuring that they deliver epic results every time.

Growing Motivation

Understandably you want the individuals in your team to do a top job, but for them to achieve this they have to have the desire to do well. Motivation is a key influencing factor in any business and organizations with self-organizing, motivated employees enjoy a better working environment and improved performance. A common misconception is that employees don’t enjoy their job and only turn up to work to pay the bills. Whilst this is true in some cases, the majority of people actually want to do a good job and find that they enjoy going to work much more if they do. Doing well in your job can boost your self esteem and build loyalty with your company so if a business can grow motivation it is a win-win situation for the organization and its employees. Before you start panicking, motivation doesn’t have to come from the promise of a pay increase or other monetary compensation. Agile believes firmly in moving away from traditional rewards and instead focus on getting employees on board with collaborative goals and achievements. Some of the key ways that Agile motivates people are as follows:

  • Challenging them by providing work that fulfils our natural curiosity and desire to problem-solve.

  • Allowing for failure, by encouraging a learning environment and not singling out individual errors.

  • Praising their success which creates a feeling of value and appreciation.

So there you have just a few of the ways in which Agile theory and practise can help grow agile teams in your organization. Invest in your people and they will reward you with enhanced skill, capability and loyalty, ultimately improving your business from the inside out. To find out more, contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.

About our guest writer

Sustainable Games
I am an Agile coach with a passion to help teams to collaborate, strategize, cooperate and to deliver solutions that are in direct support of strategic initiatives. An agile transition is all about people and interactions and that is my concentration. I apply gamification, and proven techniques to motivate teams. Through these techniques I support teams to drive specific behaviors that contribute towards more effective, productive and harmonious working relationships regardless of the methodology or framework used.

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