In a series of blog posts, we have explored the essentials for high performing teams. We have also shown how we have operationalised these and how this helps teams to improve.

What is key to team performance?

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The 8 essential team principles aim to describe a 360 degree perspective of what impacts team performance. We focus at the level where the team can directly make a change, why these principles impact team dynamics and how they work.

We have discussed each of the principles in separate blog posts, where we explore the principles in a down to earth fashion:

  1. Strong cognitive ability and skills: Do you master your field of work and dare to reach beyond?
  2. Cohesive team: What a basketball team tells about the cohesiveness of team?
  3. Clear team priorities: Successful teams are committed to a shared, clear purpose
  4. Healthy team culture:A healthy team culture builds on a foundation of trust
  5. Personal drive:Do you want to make a dent in the universe?
  6. Individual responsibility: How we deal with challenges reveal our qualities
  7. Local decision authority: Why delegation of decision authority matters
  8. Proactive rhythm: It takes more than daily deliveries to run a business

How to improve team performance

To improve team performance in practice, we have created a toolbox of workshop and training offerings, where teams and leaders get hands-on feedback and work on their improvement. We have shown what this toolbox looks like and provided examples of its usage.

A central element of this toolbox is the Team Insight tool, which takes a 360-degree view on the team with respect to the 8 principles of high performing teams. It aims to help team awareness of areas where they have room for improvement.

This work has been published and presented at public conferences

The social science theory on which the principles and methodology of the Team Insight is founded has been discussed in our article Bootstrapping your software team for higher performance published on Springer-Verlag. It expands on the theoretical background and provides examples and results from using the toolbox.

Our work has also been presented at the EuroSPI 2019 conference in Edinburgh, September 2019 and the Global CIO Banking Summit in Frankfurt, October 2019.

Do want to learn more?

We have published a short list of recommended reads if you want to dive deeper into each principle. If you want to go beyond that, then here is the exhaustive list of references behind our work.

This post was co-authored with Jakob and Stefan.

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Morten Bjerregaard

Facilitates strategic transformation with people and architecture in mind

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