AoAD2 Chapter: Teamwork (Introduction)

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

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

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

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 page XX creates a cross-functional team with all the skills they need.

  • “Team Room” on page XX builds a space, either physical or virtual, where the team can collaborate effectively.

  • “Safety” on page XX creates an environment where team members are able to share their experience and insights.

  • “Purpose” on page XX helps your team understand how their work supports the company’s big-picture plans.

  • “Context” on page XX clarifies your team’s stakeholders and committed resources.

  • “Alignment” on page XX establishes norms which allow team members to work together effectively.

  • “Energized Work” on page XX encourages working in a way your team can sustain indefinitely.

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