It is not easy to build a relationship. And it is even more difficult to maintain a good and healthy one.
Some people say the key is in simply spending time together. Others say it is about spending quality time together. But how do you ensure that the relationships you are building within an agile environment are healthy, resulting in healthy agile teams?
As a Product Owner, you need the team and the Scrum Master to trust your vision and the decisions you are making. A Scrum Master needs to lead and motivate agile teams to stick to the agile processes as well as guide the Product Owner. Team members need to trust each other to finish quality work. For all this to happen in harmony, there must be a strong bond between all the team members.
Building agile teams
Simply spending time together every day in a work environment isn’t enough to build the collaboration that you need in agile teams. I have noticed that agile teams that have team building activities and that spend more time outside of the work environment together just work better together. If you think about it, it makes sense. If someone becomes not just the person that sits next to you each day, but a comrade that is driving the same goal, your thinking changes.
You now have something in common but you also know more about your colleague than just their name. We need to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses in order to work better together. And what’s a better way to do that than by having some fun together?
BY: CHANTEL NAUDE, SCRUM MASTER AT INFOWARE STUDIOS