AoAD2 Chapter: Teamwork (Introduction)

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Teamwork

The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.

Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.

Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

The Agile Manifesto

Cross-functional, self-organizing teams are the fundamental “resource” of any Agile organization. But who should be part of an Agile team? How do they know what to work on? What makes it possible for them to work well together?

This chapter has the practices you need to create a great Agile team.

  • “Whole Team” on p.XX: Create a cross-functional team with all the skills needed to achieve its purpose.

  • “Team Room” on p.XX: Build a space, either physical or virtual, where everyone can collaborate effectively.

  • “Safety” on p.XX: Create an environment where team members are comfortable sharing their experience and insights.

  • “Purpose” on p.XX: Understand how the team’s work supports the company’s big-picture plans.

  • “Context” on p.XX: Clarify the team’s relationships with stakeholders and other groups.

  • “Alignment” on p.XX: Establish norms that allow team members to work together effectively.

  • “Energized Work” on p.XX: Work in a way that the team can sustain indefinitely.

It’s supported by these key ideas, found in sidebars throughout the chapter:

  • “Key Idea: Self-Organizing Teams” on p.XX: Agile teams decide for themselves what to work on, who will do it, and how the work will be done.

  • “Key Idea: Face-to-Face Conversation” on p.XX: Direct communication is more effective than indirect communication.

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