MAKING AGILE WORK

Even as Agile is continually adopted to eliminate certain technical development problems, an entirely different host of operational challenges crop up during this period.  Having embraced the Agile methodology, your company now requires a number of additional teams to keep up with the pace.  While these new teams need fresh team members, they do not necessarily need additional leaders.  For the existing leaders, this mandate may seem a bit overwhelming.  However, by following a few practical tips, it is entirely feasible to lead multiple teams.

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1) Consider Personal Characteristics:  The lead must be an effective communicator and treat team members as peers, while thoroughly understanding the notion of teamwork.

2) Demand Technical Proficiency:  This reduces the need for team members to explain the product features in detail.

3) Manage Similar Teams:  Working on teams with similar products will generate economies of scale.

4) Remove Disruptions:  The elimination of distractions, such as unrelated products, will allow the leader to have a clearer focus on the multiple tasks at hand without being overwhelmed.

5) Increase Communications:  When sharing a leader, teams will need to become more independent.  Their overall team collaboration will be enhanced and they will work together more closely to share information on a daily basis.

By following these tips, an agile leader managing multiple teams will be more effective and productive in the long run.

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