Teams instead of Lone Battlers
In turbulent times, teams are more successful than individual fighters. Self-organizing teams work better than centrally controlled teams (see Poppendieck 2003).
We see 3 Prerequisites for this:
- Know what there is to do in the team – with which priority and due date.
- Be able to distribute and forward tasks quickly in the team:
- To an individual, when you know exactly who should complete a given task.
- To several people, where each should complete the task (e.g. update holiday plan).
- To severall people, where it is sufficient when one of these completes the task (e.g. book a flight).
- Accept a task on your own iniative (e.g. because you have time or because you want to relieve someone else’s workload).
- Each team member has a better understanding – sees the whole and understands what his or her most valuable contribution is.
- Clarity about who is on the ball.
- Clarity about the current progress of a task and what is really finished (especially with group tasks: how far is each individual).
- Personal strengths and the complete experience of the team are made use of.
- The contribution of each individual team member towards the success of the team becomes more visible.
- The work is distributed better in the team – the team reacts faster.
- A lot of things are completed very quickly – and what is not completed gets more and more visibility.