Teams

Teams make much better decisions when they're given a clear set of priorities, neatly scoped issues, and disciplined team practices. We help teams through a set of Agile-inspired practices around meetings.

5-minute rule

When any meeting issue takes longer to review than 5 minutes, there's a good chance people haven't had time to review it beforehand. Our coaches will teach your teams to use this rule as a trigger to pick homework assignments.

90-second rule

"Thinking out loud" is useful for extraverts, but should not be inflicted upon mixed company. Anyone who speaks for more than 90 seconds in a team meeting risks losing the attention of the whole team, which defeats the point of having the whole team present. Take the time to review what you're going to say before the meeting, and be concise.

Take it Offline

When we realize more thinking needs to be done, we teach teams to consider it polite to prompt one another to "take it offline" -- that is, spend as much time as they need outside the meeting to consider the issue at hand.

Only Work Issues

Teams are often held to unreasonable expectations--they've got to satisfy multiple stakeholders, respond to production issues, and so on. Take the politics out of the team, and leave it with the managers by insisting that the team only works issues (Epics, Features, and Stories) that have been selected for the team. Work the issues in priority order, yet if push comes to shove and there's an emergency, do what's right for the company first, then settle up later by doing the accounting of documenting the issues you worked.

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