A Well Formed Team (WFT), per 3Back's white-paper and in accordance with Scrum guidelines, is a team which is self organized, self contained, and value-driven. Such a team uses appropriate standard of care while delivering an acceptable amount of work specified by stakeholders. The accountability in such a team is highest between its members, followed by accountability towards its stakeholders. Use the following checklist to determine what you'll need to create a WFT:
- Pair program. We can’t seem to get these 3s and 2s to separate.
- Build trust. Talk to team members at work, whether the topic is about work or something else.
- Understand individual members’ attributes. Use their strengths and weaknesses when collaborating.
- Don't be afraid of constructive conflicts. In fact, some of the best ideas may come from these.
- Form a personal identity in the organization.
- Make sure team members are striving to make the team better.
- Huddle and communicate... a lot. Software is complicated and ever changing.
- Members of the team manage themselves effectively, so that management does not need to step in.
- They feel empowered to raise ideas/questions/concerns.
- Team members accept failure, while learning in the process.
- Team members hold Scrum Master and Product Owner accountable.
- Individuals in the team must help each other in learning and personal growth.
- They have a sense of healthy competition among the team members, challenging each other to bring their best to work.
- Have a clear line-of-sight to business objectives.
- Understand the business value the team is generating.
- Actively contribute improvement ideas in line with business objectives.
Like this list? For a more in-depth analysis of team building and how it relates to accountability and collaboration, read Andrew's guide on Accountability and Commitment in a Learning Organization.