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In her nice little book about how to become a great scrum master, Zuzana Šochová, tells us about what makes a team environement toxic. Toxins Blame Defensiveness Stonewalling Contempt Source The Great ScrumMaster: #ScrumMasterWay by Zuzana Šochová

Tuckmans phase model of team building is well known. In her book about how to become a great scrum master  Zuzana Šochová tells us how to apply it in a Scrum team context. Tuckman for Scrum Teams Forming Observations & Symptoms team members act as individual specialists they don´t need each other Scrum is hard… Read Article →

After endless discussions the boss makes a final decision but only few people like it. Reaching collective decisions can be painful and the root cause if often thought to be a matter of teamwork or communication. In this HBR article the problem is addressed from a processual point of view. When The Boss is Always… Read Article →

In HBR on Teams one article gives us 4 strategies to handle cultural problems in teams. Heres a short summary of the key points. 4 Cultural differences that can cause destructive conflicts There’s no one right way to tackle multicultural problems. But understanding four barriers to team success can help you begin evaluating possible responses…. Read Article →

Key points of the HBR article about emotional intelligence of groups by Vanessa Urch Druskat and Steven B. Wolff. Regulate Emotions To build a foundation for emotional intelligence, a group must be aware of and constructively regulate the emotions of: • individual team members • the whole group • other key groups with whom it interacts… Read Article →

How to motivate people? I found one answer to this old questions in an HBR article on teams including a checklist for implementing on a daily basis. The progress principle Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.  … Read Article →

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 →

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 →

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