Sep 17, 2021
This week, Dan Neumann is joined
by Quincy Jordan, who is a Director, Innovate-executive
advisor, and a recurrent contributor to the Agile Coaches’ Corner.
Today Dan and Quincy are exploring a very interesting topic often
brought up by organizations: Which team is the Rock Star
In this episode, you will hear
about how to identify the best team, avoiding common mistakes such
as measuring teams on their velocity or delivery rates, and also,
how to understand what an organization really wants when they ask
for the best team.
- Which team is the rock star team?
- It depends! But first, ask yourself which
problem you consider you will solve with an answer to that
- Is the best team the one that delivers the
most? Not necessarily; you need to keep on asking questions such
as: Why are they producing the most? Does it have a healthy
culture? Is the whole team working or is there one person doing it
all? Remember that volume of output does not dictate
- It takes time for a team to function well; we
are human beings, not robots!
- What are the drivers behind the question from
organizations asking for the best team?
- Organizations want to know how to invest, what
to look for in terms of return, and how to save.
- Organizations might be looking to reward teams
the right way.
- What are some classic ways in which
organizations try to measure a team’s productivity?
- Velocity is a way of measuring a team’s
performance but it can easily get dangerous.
- A rock star team uses velocity to improves
- A team that improves in diminishing the number
of carryover stories keeps on getting better.
- A great team hits the sprint’s goal and counts
with some level of consistency.
- Volatility: How is the team’s velocity changing
from sprint to sprint?
- Possible impediments for a team.
- Is the team really challenging itself? A rock
star team challenges itself, if they are achieving the goal too
early it can be a sign of them not pushing themselves
- Watch out that the metric does not become the
- Not always the top people will make the top
Mentioned in this Episode:
God Is My CEO: Following God’s
Principles in a Bottom-Line World, Larry Julian.
Learn more about Quincy Jordan
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