One of my passions is teams – working with them, helping them improve and figuring out what makes a good one. In his book Software for your Head, Jim and Michele McCarthy made a simple statement that resonates with me: Team= Product. That is, a good team builds a good product, a bad team builds a bad product.
In my quest to understand more about teams I have been reading as much as I can. Via this new series on my blog, I am aiming to try to summarise my findings and provide references to material I have found really useful in the hope I can provide some insights to others that are useful in your daily work.
I am going to do a series of posts called The Agile Teams Series, one per topic, starting with the below concepts. Then, like any good agilist, I will follow where the value lies beyond this initial plan.
- Bad apples – the impact one bad apple can have on an entire team
- Mirror neurons – how the emotions of other people impact our emotions
- Social contracts – how an established set of group norms can prevent bad behaviour
- How social exclusion can be a highly effective deterrent of bad behaviour
First post will be completed by the end of this week.