Agile Team Ways of Working

Assessment Template Details

Lean Agile Intelligence

Agile Team Ways of Working

This template focuses on the best practices and characteristics of a high-performing Agile team. Influenced by many Agile & Lean thought leaders, this template provides an opportunity for all Agile team members to reflect and improve on the behaviors, qualities, and practices required of a high-performing team in today’s fast-moving business environments. This template is ideal for teams already accustomed to working in an Agile way and want to improve their practices to optimize the benefits of Agile.

Ideal for

This template is ideal for teams already accustomed to working in an Agile way and want to improve their practices to optimize the benefits of Agile.

Source Reference

Works of thought leaders that influenced the Practice and associated Agility State Criteria Statements.

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Questions/Practices by Practice Dimension

Value Driven

• Team Backlog Refinement
• Team Common Goals
• Team Envisioning & Ideation
• Team Focus on Value
• Team Product Backlog
• Team Product Owner
• Team User Stories

Dynamics

• Team Accountability
• Team Safety
• Team Synergy

Quality

• DevOps Build Cycle
• DevOps Deploy & Config
• DevOps Release
• DevOps Testing
• Team Agile Architecture
• Team Definition of Done
• Team Focus on Quality

Adapt

• Team Composition
• Team Daily Stand-Up
• Team Flow of Value
• Team Iterative Planning
• Team Product Demo
• Team Sustainable Pace

Improve

• Team Learning Culture
• Team Metrics
• Team Retrospective

Leadership

• Team Lead Facilitator
• Team Leadership
• Team Self-Organization

Practice Technique Criteria Example

Team Synergy

Starting

  • There is a lack of shared ownership, timely input, and direct interaction between team members; they work as individuals

Developing

  • The team has a clear and common understanding of their team goals
  • The team has an identity (i.e., name)
  • Team members have clarity of their roles on the team and who is responsible for specific activities
  • The team has working agreements that guide their interactions
  • The team has a common language they use to describe their work

Emerging

  • Team members know what each other are working on and use team sync events (Planning, Stand-Up, Backlog Refinement, etc.) to ensure open lines of communication, alignment of efforts, and management of dependencies
  • The team has a collaborative workspace (on-site or remote) and utilizes collaboration tools for communication, sharing, and fun 
  • Team members are aware of one another's communication style and cater to it to ensure everyone's voice is heard
  • The team listens to each other’s opinion and considers tradeoffs
  • Team members do not hesitate to take on a task that is not relevant to their functional area

Adapting

  • Team Members have a feel for one another's strengths and weaknesses and are not afraid to ask for help
  • Team members provide feedback to one another on how they can improve
  • Team members make time to pair on tasks and cross-train one another in different functional and component areas
  • The team succeeds and fails as one; no finger-pointing 
  • All team members are willing to play any role needed to get things done
  • The team coaches other teams on advanced collaboration techniques

Optimizing

  • Work is done as a team by swarming to get things to "done"
  • Our day is one big working session
  • Thanks to the team’s success, influence, and commitment to knowledge sharing, the team’s advanced Collaboration techniques been adopted throughout the enterprise and is considered a best practice supported by leadership