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Value Delivery through Team Empowerment

Science has shown that teams are more robust and resilient, if they are diverse and empowered. This is not news. However, in organizations and within leadership positions, this sounds much easier than it is to actually implement. Over decades, organizations were measured on how well we can set and then execute goals. We rarely checked back on how much value teams or individuals actually contributed to the valuation of the organization and the organization as a whole. Organizations need to find new ways and aspects on how we look at teamwork and the effect of teamwork for the organization. Organizations should look at how to empower teams as a whole instead of individuals. Besides leaders, each individual in the team need to look at their contribution differently.

Agile Delivery

Often, Agile has the reputation of empowering teams and of being a mindset approach, that does not really help to deliver. Any change initiative, transformation or ongoing journey only helps, if it does bring a sustainable value to the organization. And this is, where the Agile Framework, such as Scrum, Kanban or Agile Scaling Framework such as SAFe and LESS come into place. They are focusing on the Agile delivery for organizations and teams.

Effective Agile Practices & Tools

One factor for successful agile teams is the way, they are deciding on and practicing the methods and tools as a full team. Often it is argued, that there needs to be a mindset change for us to be able to change the way we work. Especially, when Agile is a sense-making approach, it is true, that the change in mindset is crucial. However, a mindset change is difficult, as our mindset is determined of how we constantly make sense for ourselves in our context. Introducing certain practices & tools into the team can change the way they work. If those tolls and practices work as expected and bring a better work environment and better results to the teams, then also parts of the teams think differently about their work. Slowly, that leads to a different mindset and a sustainable change of collaborating in an Agile way.

Individual Agile Mindset

While the Agile mindset is certainly a team approach, which takes system thinking and complexity thinking into account, there is a certain individual stance of a team member, which can contribute to a rather more Agile focused team. The reason for a "missing Agile mindset" is mostly based on systemic or organizational issues. For example, if we are missing teamwork in the team, we might want to revisit our individual performance evaluation and reward system. However, when dealing with newcomers (for example in fast-growing teams), they are often too much influenced from the last company's systemic issues. Therefore, ensuring, that the mindset, values and principles of newcomers fit to the own organizational mindset, values and principles is key. The Talent Acquisition process (which includes an onboarding process) should define, if the candidate or newcomer is the right fit and/or can adapt or not.

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