How to fix team dysfunction?
Many teams suffer from dysfunction where they lack trust and have huge communication overhead. Can we fix it? I do not have directly plug and play solution for this but I have done some experiments in this area which I would like to share during this talk.
To give some idea things like following will get presented with real life experience
- Right Information radiators
- Culture of Accountability
- Fixing the Process or work allocation and monitoring
- Promote Healthy Conflict
- Show vulnerable side of you
- And many more… I am still exploring.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
Opening : 5 Min with Questions related to Team Dysfunction
Sharing Dysfunction Smells : 10 Min
What worked for us :10 Min
What did not work for us : 5 Min
Conclusion : 5 Min
Q&As : 10 Min
Better Understanding of team dysfunction
Scrum Masters , Agile Coach
schedule Submitted 5 years ago
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- peak program size: 250+
- peak team size from my org.: 50+
- total no of systems: 10+
- geographical spread: plan: 100 countries, 132 locales launched so far: 53 countries, 56 locales
- 140 page-views / sec
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- Handling 100+K products in the catalog, 15+ K pages , 300+ K responsive images
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