Get it right and your teams will flourish. They’ll find flow: experimenting, failing, learning, discovering, making a breakthrough and releasing. Surfing the edge of chaos in a complex sea.
An innovative environment is built on 6 foundational elements. A place where people can be collaborative, responsible, experimental, value-focused, autonomous and transparent.
Creativity comes from the interplay of diverse viewpoints challenging and iterating with a focus on a common goal. Make the goal shared and meaningful, the rules clear and fair and wrap them with a physical space where people can come together.
People take responsibility when you let go of control. When you ask people to solve a pressing problem, your teams’ work becomes more meaningful and can take on a healthy intensity. Work together to set a shared goal with the team and let them decide how they want to achieve it. …
It’s killing your value
My work starts with listening, and the story I hear is often a tragedy. The business teams frustrate the development teams. The development team frustrate the business teams. A chasm forms where respect, understanding and trust withers. Crucial collaboration sinks into the void. Value creation slows to a crawl. Frustration runs riot.
This plotline is avoidable. The story should be a rousing quest — biz and dev teams standing side by side in search of value.
Why does the chasm appear, how do we close it and how do we create organisations that avoid it ever forming? But before we get into practicalities lets start with some helpful principles to help our heroes on their…
For years I followed the typical Scrum team model where product owners worked with teams of developers and if I was lucky, testers and designers. Primed with user stories, the teams delivered working software but it rarely delighted. We were falling short of our potential.
The development team needed to share a greater purpose. They wanted to solve problems that mattered to people, not just build what was asked for. …