Leadership & Management
We all want high performing teams. One of the most important aspects of a high performing team is how team-members communicate. Tom Sommer of Redbubble makes the case that self-organizing teams provide the foundation to set a team up for success and high achievement. He clarifies what a self-organizing team actually is and how to leverage "Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose" to provide the structure and support necessary for a strong one.
When building your team, you should focus on two types of "stars"—rock stars and superstars. Rock stars are reliable and happy in their current role. Superstars are ambitious and on a fast track to move upward and onward. In our latest Leadership & Management article, Mike Karampalas discusses why each type of "star" is critical to your success as a leader. Learn the differences between them and how to keep each type happy and engaged in their work.
Arne Kittler of XING introduces us to Auftragsklärung, a simple canvas framework for collaborative alignment. Don't let the name scare you - it's actually quite easy and will help your team have a better shared understanding of any given project.
John Cutler explores what it would look like if a team designed their own agile framework. He argues that it could be just as effective (If not more) than following an out of the box approach like Scrum. The framework isn't as important as a commitment to continuous improvement, long-term support of the organization, and a sense of what success looks like so they have a goal to strive for.
Vasily Malyshev of Messapps debunks common misconceptions and myths that people believe are unavoidable with remote development. He goes on to provide simple (yet detailed) tactics to address the underlying problems that are at the root of those myths. This is a must-read for anyone considering a remote team or currently managing one.