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Creating the Perfect Team: A Checklist


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:

Collaboration

  • 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.

Accountability

  • 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.

Learning

  • 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.

Value

  • 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.

Abhijeet Kher, Senior Software Engineer

Abhijeet Kher, Senior Software Engineer

When Abhijeet is not rallying his Agile-minded peers to “crush” stories and honing his mobile development skills, he can be found training for 5Ks or exploring the Iowa countryside on his motorcycle. Over the last four years, he has worn multiple hats at ISE, from Developer, Scrum Master, to Product Owner/Team Lead. He has a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Iowa, which enables him to be sufficiently dangerous in the software tinkering world.

Abhijeet Kher, Senior Software Engineer

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