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Why This is Important
There are several reasons why this process goal is important:
- There is a lot to consider when you’re building an awesome team. Awesome teams are comprised of the right mix of people, with the requisite skills, with an open and safe culture, collaborating and learning together, and enabled to do so by the organizational ecosystem in which they work.
- We need time to build an awesome team. We need to get started as soon as we can so that we can start inviting the right people to join the team as they become available. The mix of skills and collaborative style will evolve as we do so, and people will come in and out of the team as it evolves to meet the context of the situation that it faces.
- The people on the team, and the way we work together, will be the primary determinant of success. The first value of the Agile Manifesto says it best—individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
Important Questions to Consider
- Where will team members come from?
- How do we intend to evolve the team over time?
- How large should the team be?
- How will sub-teams be organized (if we need them)?
- What type of team members do we need?
- How complete will the team be?
- How long will the team exist?
- Where will team members be located?
- What organization(s) do the team members work for?
- What range of time zones are team members found in?
- How will we support the team?
- How available will team members be?
- You will need to decide whether your new initiative can be given to an existing team, or to evolve an existing team or create a new one.
- You will need to appropriately size the teams and decide what type of work they are best suited for.
- How whole are your teams and what is the strategy for accessing skills or responsibilities not held within the team?
- You should strive for dedicated team members and if not, then understand the cost of this decision.
- Your teaming strategies will vary based upon your enterprise realities such as outsourcing, distribution, and time zones.
- You should consider strategies for adequate training, mentoring, coaching, and obtaining access to stakeholders.
- Who is responsible for evolving the team, and how will they do so?