Just a Document?

October 26, 2008 by · Comment
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Working with a couple of groups that are striving for a certificate in Project Management, we have run into an interesting situation. While the deliverables that contribute to the grading in the course focus on hard-skills implementation of a realistic, but simulated, project (most have selected to go with a PMO implementation), the one document they produce that is not directly part of the grading is turning out to be the most relevant to the success of many of the teams. It is their team agreement. Read more

Software Teamwork

July 5, 2008 by · Comments Off on Software Teamwork
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Taking Ownership for Success

Based on the book Software Teamwork: Taking Ownership for Success, this multi-day workshop extends the range of elements to consider as a precursor to change. These go beyond an inventory of team skills to include cultures, motives and attitudes as a means of determining the fit of any proposed approach. As broad participation is necessary for effective change, emphasis is placed on personal participation and responsibility for the success of the team. Read more

Beyond an Exercise

May 25, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Teamwork 

It happens more often than we would like to admit. We understand that capturing some form of information should provide some benefit, we follow the prescribed guidance and a decent template to provide structure, and apparently get the job done. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, we never realize that deep value we were looking to achieve. Chances are we have completed the exercise to the letter only. Read more

Testing That Team Agreement

April 20, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Project management, Teamwork 

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about what can happen when a team agreement is hastily put together: it can actually be worse than no team agreement at all, and can serve to tear a team apart. It is one thing to observe this and note that the team agreement was part of the root cause. What tests can we apply to our team agreement to determine if it is good enough to pass muster to begin with? Read more

WTD

April 6, 2008 by · Comment
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What happens when something that has been hastily crafted to hold a team together is used in ways that were never intended? A team agreement can easily become a Weapon of Team Destruction. Read more

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