Agile TeamAgile frameworks promise significant advantages over historical methods, including greater flexibility and stability, less nonproductive work, faster delivery with higher quality, improved development team performance, tighter project control, and faster failure detection.
The first core value in the Agile Manifesto is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.Nurturing the development team is central to agile project management and the reason why you can have such success with agile approaches. Agile project teams are centered on development teams (which include developers, testers, designers, and anyone else who does the actual work of creating the product), and also include project stakeholders, as well as the following two important team members, without which the development team couldn’t function:
The Product Owner: This role represents the client and the business in general for the product on which they’re working. They own the backlog & strive to prioritize items to be worked on before every sprint. They make executive product decisions on a daily basis. Ultimately, they’re translating customer needs into actionable work items for the Development team.
The Scrum Master: This person is responsible for ensuring the team has everything they need to deliver value. They are a coach, counselor, advocate, impediment-remover, facilitator and mediator all rolled into one. They set up meetings and communicate progress and blockers. Hint: everything a project manager ought to be doing, just through the lens of scrum.
The Development Team: This is a group of cross-functional team members all focused on the delivery of working software. It is the singular noun for any developers, designers, QA and other technical roles that must collaborate on the actual development of a product. Ideally, this group of 5-9 people is fully dedicated to one scrum team. In reality, and especially at agencies, it might look a little bit different. The development team should to be self-organizing and motivated to provide value, and with proper facilitation by the Scrum Master and Product Owner, they can be.
Agile projects provide a constant cycle of development, feedback, and change, allowing project teams the flexibility to create products with only the right features and the stability to be creative.
Creating your agile team1. Remember that patience is a virtue
When you think of an amazing agile team, you likely think of something that functions like a gear in a machine. And, in an ideal world, that’s how things should work, but that doesn’t mean things will work like that right from the get-go.It takes a while to get a feel for how people work together and to fall into a system that really flows that concept holds true whether you’re working as part of an agile team or not.Teams go through several phases: forming, storming, norming, and performing. This process naturally takes time.
2. Adapting to change
Agile would be much easier if you could simply set everything in stone, and then know that things would remain exactly the same forever, right? But, as you already know, that’s just not the way it works.
Change is inevitable. And, a key element of agile teams is the ability to respond to those changes, rather than always trying to stay committed to a previous plan. The best teams constantly reevaluate their priorities and shift their resources accordingly.
If you couldn't adapt you die
3. Focus on results
The beauty of an agile team is that it focuses more on results and outcomes, rather than obsessing over processes and procedures.
By placing more emphasis on the results, team members feel empowered to make decisions, solve problems, and develop innovative solutions using whatever skills and expertise they have.
In a traditional team, it becomes all too easy to get tunnel vision, focusing exclusively on your individual responsibilities. However, this just won’t work when you’re part of an agile team.
In order to be successful, you need to foster an environment where everyone is accountable for the final product and not just their individual contribution. This allows every team member to recognize that their efforts are contributing to the bigger picture, while also reaffirming the entire team concept to fail together and succeed together.
Successful agile teams have systems and methods in place to get their software out in front of customers as soon as possible so that they can collect feedback early on and incorporate it into the product.
Beyond customer feedback, great teams are also extremely transparent with each other. They don’t sweep problems under the rug. They remain completely honest and view any blunders or roadblocks as opportunities to continuously learn and ultimately improve. Holding retrospectives can help a lot to achieve that.
The following roles are not part of the "Team" but are still critically important to your agile projects
Stakeholders: are anyone with an interest in the project. They are not ultimately responsible for executing the product, but they provide input and are affected by the project’s outcome. The group of stakeholders is diverse and can include people from different departments or even different companies.
The agile mentor: A mentor is a great idea for any area in which you want to develop new expertise. The agile mentor, sometimes called an agile coach, is someone who has experience implementing agile projects and can share that experience with a project team. The agile mentor can provide valuable feedback and advice to new project teams and to project teams that want to perform at a higher level.