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Adjusting behavior with agile gamification


Games and play are used as a method of learning and developing skills. It is a tried and tested method, and on


e that is used in most schools today. However it doesn’t need to be limited to adolescents and it can be just as beneficial for adults to learn and hone new skills. Agile teams are bound by the agile manifesto and the twelve principles and values. This selection of common values and principles are used for a higher level of efficiency within an organization. These teams have certain characteristics that make them unique for software development teams. Their emphasis shifts towards people, interactions, and working software. This is a learned skill set that does not come easy for everyone. Many development teams struggle with implementing Agile practices. While there might be several reasons a team struggles with implanting Agile practices, it can be narrowed to three main points.


1) Trust

A lack of trust or fear show is many forms. Often teams are managed from the top down and team members feel they won’t be trusted to make the right commitments or decisions. In order to thrive they must first feel they are able to learn, grow and make choices together versus only taking orders from senior management. I have come across quite a few teams like this. Individuals that have always been told what to do and how to do it are now expected to make their own decisions. Self-organization becomes a huge undertaking.


2) Poor Communications

If team members are not communicating regularly, this is a problem. While most teams have excellent documentations and records, a lack of face to face communication slows down the team’s effectiveness. Using tools such as Skype or video conferencing helps bridge that gap. The compartmentalization that normally occurs must be reduced or eliminated for maximum efficiency.


3) Poor Team Structure

Great Agile teams have two common characteristics: they are cross-functional and synergy. A cross-functional team has the ability to seamlessly move from conception to completion. With synergy, the teams see how the parts fit together vs just understanding their individual role. What they find is they are viewing the project from a higher vantage point. With that, the process becomes effortless. Like any great team, it is necessary for them to grow together. Teams that are comfortable working together, work like a machine with the added benefit of learning across their roles. Accurate estimates in time and budget become the norm and provide better predictability to product owners and stakeholders.


How do you get your teams performing?


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