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KEY STEPS TO BUILDING AN AGILE TEAM


INTRODUCTION:

Agile teams are small, entrepreneurial groups that solve complex problems quickly, boost time-to-market, improve customer responsiveness, and generate a host of other benefits. We help you launch highly effective Agile teams, a critical step on the way to becoming a truly Agile enterprise.

An Updated Mind-set

The begin step to building a successful agile team is to remove the old team-building mind-set that was based primarily on two basic questions:

What are the technical/functional needs of the project?

Who’s available?

While answering these two questions will provide you with individuals to fill roles within the team and will potentially bring in some people with knowledge the team needs, there’s no real link made to team collaboration, which is important for agile success.

A Focus on Balance and Diversity

Traditional team-building methods tend to put high value on technical knowledge while undervaluing personality-based strengths that are necessary for fulfillment. Relevant experience and technical knowledge must certainly inherit the combination, but equal footing should tend to dependability, flexibility, willingness to collaborate, and creativity. These traits balance and enhance strictly knowledge-based strengths, creating a better-rounded Agile team that's found out to accomplish great things.  As an example, placing team members with great technical knowledge with others focused on creative problem solving enhances everyone’s work in the Agile world.

A Supportive Culture

A company that embraces agile methodologies must also adjust their reward and recognition systems to support current team dynamics. From providing paying for certifications to delivering the needed Agile training, it’s important to help team member’s progress into their new roles and encourage their desire and willingness to adapt.

Do Something Social

As our heads were boiling and therefore the energy was draining, we went bent grab something to eat and drink. And most significantly, to settle the last part of this matter, to decide the new team name. We went for a classic naming contest and after some nerve-wracking last rounds, we got our name.

SAFe Teams Typically Blend Agile Methods

SAFe teams use Agile practices of choice based primarily on Scrum, Kanban, and Extreme Programming (XP) to develop their performance. To check they are solving the right problem, teams apply Design Thinking. Teams apply Built-In Quality practices to drive disciplined content creation and quality. Collective ownership, standards, pair work, test-first, and Continuous Integration help keep things Lean by embedding quality and operating efficiency directly into the process.

However, since SAFe is a flow-based system, most teams also apply Kanban to visualize their work, establish Work in Process (WIP) limits, and use Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFDs) to illustrate bottlenecks and key opportunities for improving throughput. Some teams choose Kanban as their primary practice. This is because the planning and commitment elements of Scrum may not apply as efficiently for workloads that are activity and demand-based, and where priorities change more frequently.

Key characteristics of a successful agile team

For a team to successfully function as an agile one, there are five scrum values that has got to be adopted by all team members. They include:

1. Commitment

Commitment needs members of an agile team to make the necessary input required to get the job done. Whether its research, technical input, or some physical labor, commitment demands that as long as it’s within your capacity, that team members should do what it takes to get the job done.

2. Courage

Courage in an agile team means that team members must be open enough to voice their concerns concerning their capacity and the way long work can take to be delivered.

3. Openness

Openness demands that everybody must do their best to make any relevant information they have access to available to other team members with minimal friction. Openness works best in an atmosphere where team members know they’re free to speak their mind and offer feedback, and that their opinions or suggestions will be considered.

4. Focus

Focus entails that their targets must be kept forward and center until they're achieved

Conclusion

Becoming an Agile team is one of the easiest ways to boost your productivity, reduce turnaround times and understand customers better. Building teams is vital, but establishing and maintaining stable long-lived teams matters even more. Teams need time to build up, well-established teams can provides a boost to your productivity and quality.