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:

  1. Know what there is to do in the team – with which priority and due date.
  2. Be able to distribute and forward tasks quickly in the team:
    1. To an individual, when you know exactly who should complete a given task.
    2. To several people, where each should complete the task (e.g. update holiday plan).
    3. To severall people, where it is sufficient when one of these completes the task (e.g. book a flight).
  3. Accept a task on your own iniative (e.g. because you have time or because you want to relieve someone else’s workload).

Benefits:

  • 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.
taskmind fosters self-organization in teams. The team grows together and becomes more productive.

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