Agile Teams – 8 Types of Workers Needed for Best Productivity

Agile team members are often found to be highly skilled knowledge workers with very strong values of independence.  Many software developers are introverted, preferring to interact with their computers rather than people. But are they a “high performing” team yet?

Self managing teams often fail because their members lack the needed people skills to work together, collaborate, and appreciate each other’s skills as well as differences in order to achieve high performing results.

My Bachelors & Masters degrees in Marketing, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering spent no time to speak of on people skills and certainly nothing on how to participate and contribute to high-performing teams.  These skills were learned on the job and in real world experience.

Do you find yourself in a similar situation?

Then your next step is to learn how teams work and find out the nature of how your own teams are working today so you can improve the situation.

There are 8 “Types of Work”

There are eight distinct ‘Types of Work” that Team Management Systems (TMS) has described on a work wheel.  All teams must have these 8 work types covered on each teams, and they should be done well for the highest-performance possible.

Did you know people show distinct ‘work preferences’ for two or three of these activities depicted on the TMS wheel.

This concept is invaluable when working in the area of Project Management – especially Agile Teams that are self-organizing & managing.

My Experience with TMS

At my 9 years with Hewlett-Packard, as a Product Manager for OpenView, all our teams and team members would take the TMS assessment questionnaire.  It revealed each team member’s preferences of working.  It didn’t matter if the team was developing a product, managing our channel partners, or supporting our sales force.  We made sure our teams were made up of members that covered all 8 work areas.   What a difference it made for us all and the results we produced.

I have a preference to work in the Creator/Innovator & Explorer/Promoter areas of work and don’t really enjoy Inspector & Maintainer activities, so I try to spend as much time thinking about new ideas and digging into projects to understand them better.

Can TMS help Your Teams?

Absolutely. Team-balance, Work-allocation and Understanding-others are just a few things that will help your teams’ performance.

If you want to know more, then check out a fabulous article that goes into much more detail at Agile Journal… [click here].

And get a FREE ASSESSMENT of your current or future AGILE team by taking an Agile Teamwork Questionnaire developed by TMS and Bright Green Projects.  You’ll get a free 8-page report developed by a team of PhDs, Team Performance Experts and IT Professionals that will help you and your team:

  • Understand the nine characteristics of high performing teams
  • Identify areas of strength and weakness within your team
  • Build on your strengths to achieve high performance

Let me know how this helps your teams – leave a comment below.