For a team to be more than just a conglomeration of people, they need to be able to work together effectively. Key to this collaboration is situational awareness: knowing what people are working on and when your assistance is needed. Stand-up meetings and informative workspaces are two ways of achieving situational awareness. Jason Yip joins us for an in-depth discussion.
Jason Yip is a Staff Agile Coach at Spotify, and formerly a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. He specializes in applying Agile and Lean thinking, principles, and practices to the development software, teams, and organizations. He’s the author of the popular article, “It’s Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings,” which may be found on martinfowler.com.
🎙 Discussion prompts:
What does situational awareness within a team mean to you, and what does it look like when it’s at its best?
How do stand-up meetings contribute to effective teamwork? How can they detract from it?
What can remote teams do to improve their situational awareness, or teamwork in general?
If a team is working as a collection of individuals, rather than a collaborative team, what can managers and coaches do to help?
About the Book Club
From October 2021 to August 2022, I hosted a call-in talk show based on the second edition of The Art of Agile Development. The series used the book as a jumping-off point for wide-ranging discussions about Agile ideas and practices, and had a star-studded guest list.