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Quality in a team delivery – embrace the ecosystem - Establishment

Establishment, the second of seven activities you need to address to make agile teams efficient, coordinated and happy.

The success of an agile team depends on how the inner eco system within the team as well as the outer eco system cross teams are managed. Cooperation with employees, customers, and product partners need to be considered. 

This has been discussed in my blog post, “Quality in team delivery – embrace the eco system”. Well functioning teams need to have well established cultural and organisational principles. If you use “One eco system – People first” as a guiding star a lot of thing will come natural.

The agile team activities can be divided in seven steps:

  • Sourcing
  • Establishment
  • Quality
  • Cooperation
  • Deliver more than the team
  • Skill transfer
  • Completion

Here I will address the second step, establishment, and I discuss it from a supplier point of view.

When you are given the opportunity to deliver a team for the development of a specific application, deliver in collaboration with other teams or application management assignments, it is initially important to create an understanding of the assignments objectives, purpose and needs in both short and long term.

5 steps to implement an agile team

An establishment project with the following steps is recommended for implementation of an agile team. These activities are done in collaboration between the supplier and the customer

  1. Startup meeting - Review of conditions, expectations and the goals for the team as a whole

  2. Collaboration - Define and establish forms of cooperation between the team and other teams and business operations. The customer's processes and methodologies are guiding.

  3. Competence and responsibility - Establish a common understanding of the team's in-depth skills. Define in-depth resources' competencies and responsibilities and establish a common understanding between resource teams and other teams as well as other businesses.

  4. Pilot project - As a part of the establishment, carry out a small, well-defined, non-business-critical project where technology, processes and forms of collaboration are tested.

  5. Establishment kick-off - The establishment of the team is determined in a collaborative meeting in which the team and representatives from other teams, other businesses and accountants on the part of the customer participate. Feedback from the establishment phases is reviewed and any opportunities for improvement are documented. Responsibility and processes are established.

One eco system and people first

But always remember the principle of “One eco system" meaning that all participants in the ecosystem shall work towards the same goal and also the priority of “People first”.

A happy team member makes happy teams and ecosystems that delivers at its best.

Written by Henrik Gavelli