10 Tips On Creating More Agile Teams

The agile team is all the rage in today's modern workforce. Small, cross-functional groups of professionals working with shared purpose and maximum independence to create a product (or hone a specific element of one). No business analysts and stuffy daily meetings, no spreading the group members across various groups and thinning out their efficiency, and certainly no "dependencies" that would hamper the team's ability to work separately and maintain their flow.

Now, while some might argue that the very idea of trying to create an agile team is counter to the idea (something we'll cover later), the fact that an agile team is no mere random assortment of employees suggests that there is some guidance required to bring them together. Here are some tips for making it happen, and making your team as effective as possible.

Tip #1: Remember That It Takes Practical Experience

Much like learning to ride a motorcycle, you can take all the classes, pass all the tests, gain all the knowledge you should require beforehand, and still be unsure of what to do until you actually try it.

Tip #2: Prepare To Make Mistakes

Because of the need for "on the job" experience in this regard, you should be ready to make some mistakes. Just be able to recognize when you've done so and take the right steps to correct your follies when they occur.

Tip #3: Update Your Team-Building Criteria

You'll have to balance traditional team-building factors against criteria like teamwork, personality, creativity, and more to build a more well-rounded (and agile) team structure.

Tip #4: Identify Your Team's Purpose

There are different kinds of agile teams. Some focus on particular product features, some on customer experience aspects, some on specific product components, and others on the totality of the product itself. Know what your team has set out to do and adjust your goals accordingly.

Tip #5: Break Dependencies

To be effective, the team has to be able to work independently—of other teams, of each other, and even of their manager. Break any dependencies that are hampering this ability by providing your team with the tools and autonomy they need to succeed.

Tip #6: Support The New Team Dynamic

Building on our last point, you have to be willing to support your agile team by rewarding and embracing the new team culture.

Tip #7: Avoid Burnout

It's one of the fastest ways to kill your team momentum, so make sure things aren't balls to the wall 24/7. Allow time for respite and give your team some breathing room so that they can work better.

Tip #8: Bring Agility To Your Meetings

"We're here to discuss online fundraising and how we can utilize time apps like Clockspot to improve workflow." Make sure each meeting has a clear point, and you get to the point quickly to avoid wasting time.

Tip #9: Prepare For The Future

No goal lasts forever. Eventually, your team is going to reach success in their task. Plan for what you're going to do with these individuals afterward to keep momentum strong.

Tip #10: Consider The "No-Team" Concept

As we briefly touched upon at the outset, there is a school of thought that dictates the best way to make an agile team is to leave your best workers to their own devices. There is a chance that they will naturally come together to form cohesive units that get things done, so consider trying this method out.

- Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama.com and Toweringseo.com who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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