Thanksgiving for IT Teams: Lock in your team’s achievements!

Scrum and Agile Guru Mike Cohn wrote in his weekly Agile Tips email that we should mark the moment to focus on what our teams have achieved. Triggered by the bigtime Thanksgiving celebration in the USofA, Mike wrote how we often struggle to recognise the past good work done because we are focused on how much we can improve in the future.  He said: “There are literally hundreds of ways in which a team may have improved. Find a few and then share the good news with the team. Praise them. Thank them.” — Mike Cohn (Btw, you can subscribe to Mike Cohn’s emails here) The most important by-product of this is to make the achievements concrete. It would be great to make them persistent, but I’d settle for short-lived crystallisation into the real world. Why? Because it’s so easy for teams to forget their achievements and to gloss over their successes. In fact, the better the team, and the more outcome-focused the team is, the less they seem to celebrate; except perhaps some wry or sarcastic comments, a few obvious high-five’s and maybe an ‘Attitude Adjustment’ session at a pub. But this tends to disappear quickly and all that’s left is maybe a sore head and an expense claim to file. It’s as if the really good teams just have a higher standard of what is “superlative achievement”, or they...

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