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In the HBR article “Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams” the authors prepared a set of questions that can help to identify tasks that require “complex collaboration”. How to identify tasks that require “complex collaboration”? The task is unlikely to be accomplished successfully using only the skills within the team. The task must be addressed by a… Read Article →

The characteristics of complex teams are the same as for destroying collaboration: large, virtual, diverse, and specialised. For example collaboration diminishes when team size grows. Especially team that are assigned “Complex Collaboration Tasks” need the right environment to collaborate effectively. In the HBR article “Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams” Lynda Gratton and Tamara J. Erickson tell… Read Article →

Definition of “Kaizen Culture” in one sentence. A workplace culture where the entire workforce is focussed on continually improving quality, productivity, and customer satisfaction is known as a “kaizen culture”. A few characteristics: workforce is empowered Individuals feel free to take actions, and implement fixes and improvements management is tolerant to failure if the experimentation… Read Article →

In his book about Kanban, David J. Anderson gives us his 6 step recipe for a successful Kanban implementation. The Kanban Recipe This guideline enables a team adopting lean quick improvements and low levels of resistance. Focus on Quality Reduce Work-in-Progress Deliver Often Balance Demand against Throughput Prioritize Attack Sources of Variability to Improve Predictability… Read Article →

David J Anderson shares his 9 step approach on how a Kanban team should mature How to Mature a Kanban Team Learn to build high-quality code reduce the WIP shorten lead times release often balance demand against throughput limit WIP create slack implement improvements improve prioritization to optimize delivery See also: Kanban: A 6 Step Recipe for Success… Read Article →

A nice quote from David J. Anderson´s book about Kanban The conclusion after comparing two teams working in parallel: The right process, with good discipline, strong management, and good leadership all made a difference. What this example really demonstrates is that you don´t need the best people to produce world-class results. Source: Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change… Read Article →

These are the 5 properties of a successful Kanban implementation Kanban Properties   Visualize Workflow Limit Work-in-Progress Measure and Manage Flow Make Process Policies Explicit Use Models to Recognize Improvement Opportunities Source: Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business by David J. Anderson More Kanban

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article The Discipline of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith Classification of Team The article describes 3 classes of teams. Each has its own goals and challenges to face. Teams That Recommend Things Goal: study and solve particular problems Issues: getting off to a fast… Read Article →

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article The Discipline of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith How Successful Teams Behave The article states that there is no recipe for building a successful team but these approaches can be observed: Establish urgency, demanding performance standards, and direction Select members for skill and skill… Read Article →

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article The Discipline of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith Definition of Team The article describes the difference of a working group and a team. This is the definition of Team: Shared leadership roles Individual and mutual accountability Specific team purpose that the… Read Article →

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article Why Teams Don’t Work: An Interview with J. Richard Hackman by Diane Coutu How create and maintain effective teams 1. Teams must be real 2. Teams need a compelling direction 3. Teams need enabling structures 4. Teams need a supportive organization (including the reward system, the… Read Article →

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article Why Teams Don’t Work: An Interview with J. Richard Hackman by Diane Coutu  Setting the Right Conditions Context: Generally teams are not always the best choice to get things done. Before assigning a team to a task think, twice if this really makes sense…. Read Article →

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article The New Science of Building Great Teams by Alex “Sandy” Pentland The Charismatic Connector they … circulate actively, engaging people in short, high-energy conversation are democratic with their time feel comfortable approaching other people listen as much as or more than they talk are usually very… Read Article →

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article The New Science of Building Great Teams by Alex “Sandy” Pentland How to Improve Team Communication Visualize the communication patterns in maps Training team members to improve communication Fine-tunine performance by mapping communication against self-reported productivity Links HBR Article: The New Science of Building Great Teams by… Read Article →

This is an interesting take away from the 2012 HBR article The New Science of Building Great Teams by Alex “Sandy” Pentland 5 Defining Characteristics of Successful Teams 1. Everyone on the team talks and listens in roughly equal measure, keeping contributions short and sweet. 2. Members face one another, and their conversations and gestures are energetic. 3. Members connect directly with… Read Article →

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