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:
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Accountability and commitment. We hear these words a lot in the business and Agile world, but what do they mean, and how do we do them well?
We've all seen instances of "accountability" in the form of blaming and shaming: ("Whose fault is it?" and "What were you thinking?) These are the forms that accountability takes in a fear-based organization. The blaming and shaming approach to accountability creates unhealthy stress, shuts down creativity, and limits the success that people and organizations can achieve to only what is achievable via "safe" choices.
However, some people and organizations that have rejected a fear-based culture, and the blaming and shaming that go with it, may swing the other way, and avoid holding people accountable at all. I don't know how to hold you to account without blaming and shaming you, so I won't say anything at all, even though your work or follow-through has not met my expectations or the organization's standards. You might have experienced this dilemma. But surely this can't be the only alternative?
Well Formed Teams
How do you get a complex set of work done? Put a team on it. People working together to accomplish a common goal. We see it everyday, and everywhere. For most cases, that’s how work is done. Quoting Steve Jobs, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.” But is having a team enough for success? If any combination of people put together will produce a successful result, we would gravitate towards picking all the A listers and chaining them together. But that’s not generally the best combination. To understand the best makeup, we have to define what a Well Formed Team (WFT) means, which is a term used extensively in Agile/Scrum frameworks lately.