Brewing Great Agile Team Dynamics

Photo by Shawn Rossi

Photo by Shawn Rossi

One of my coworkers texted me the other day asking if I could bring her a Diet Coke. She was teaching a full-day class, and it was mid-afternoon. I was thrilled to have finished my last meeting of the day so I could oblige. Why?

Because we're teammates. Because she does a lot and asks for little in return. And because this was a small way that I could show my appreciation.

Years ago, this coworker and I worked together at another company and did a DISC workshop to learn about our behavior profiles. We learned our own behavior and communication preferences, and more importantly for our coaching team, we learned about each other's profiles. That's when I recognized that this coworker of mine is high in Steadiness (and that the colleagues I found challenging to work with had the exact opposite profile of mine). People high in steadiness are reliable, humble, and enjoy being part of a team. Knowing that and my own preferences has made it easier for us to work together.

Want to learn more about DISC and how it can be used with your team? Listen to Barry Forrest and I chat with Ryan Ripley on the Agile for Humans podcast, read our Brewing Great Agile Team Dynamics presentation slides from AgileIndy, or sign up for an Agile Team Dynamics workshop.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.