Organizing the Team

by Steven M. Smith · 0 comments


When you are a member of team, what hopes do you have for productivity? My hope is for synergy, by which I mean team productivity that is clearly superior to what the sum of the individual members’ productivity might have been working separately.

Productive teamwork — that’s the desire. But how do you organize the team to achieve it?

A school of thought is epitomized by Michael Winner, a British film director, who says, “A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.” Despite my negative reaction to this quote, Mr. Winner’s approach to teamwork has produced successful films.

Another school of thought is epitomized in the Agile Manifesto, “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” This school of thought sings to me. And I have seen it produce remarkable results in the context of software development.

Would a self-organizing team produce better films than Michael Winner and his team? I don’t know. That’s the kind of question we will explore during this workshop. Join me to learn more about context, teamwork and productivity so you can better organize your team.

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