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Growing Team Culture

Growing Team Culture

This desk is part of the attendee preparation for our workshop Leading Engineering Teams For New Managers.

It's the context for Day 1: Growing Team Culture. For the video and transcript to go with these slides, check out its resources page on our site.


June 14, 2021

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  1. Healthy cultures communicate • Nonviolent communication • Lack of bike

    shedding • Open discussions on how to do stuff • Social interactions
  2. Healthy cultures trust • Autonomy • Members are responsible and

    mature • Feeling of security in position • Support by management
  3. Healthy cultures respect • Psychological safety • Being able to

    admit you're wrong • No fear of being wrong • No fear of asking questions • No allocation of blame • Ego management • Lack of ego • Non-toxic environment • Safe place to be yourself
  4. Healthy cultures accept • Diverse • Inclusive • Stable •

    Feeling of progression • Work/life balance • Mental health awareness • Distraction-free workspaces
  5. How do you measure it? • Are you making progress

    towards shared goals? • Are you delivering stuff? • How long does stuff take to deliver? • Are your people productive?
  6. Regular retrospectives • Concentrate on problems and solutions rather than

    people • Address issues early • Keep conversations transparent
  7. • Teams change. They get bigger or smaller. People move

    from 'small' roles to 'big' roles as team grow. • Provide mentorship for new team leads. • Move work to a team rather than forming teams around work. This helps stability and performance
  8. The feedback loop on improving teams or mentoring people is

    so much longer than we're used to. So feedback should be regular and frequent. 1:1s for individuals, retros for teams
  9. Division between leading and doing gets mashed up - it's

    difficult to lead while doing and vice versa Admitting a thing is happening and discussing it openly can be enough acknowledgement to start improving it.
  10. When bringing in new team members • Offer support •

    Documentation • Sherpa/buddy model - always interruptable • Pair on code often • Regular 1:1s with their lead • Socialisation • Spend more time in social activities to ease them in personally • Bring people in for social easing even before they start employment
  11. Key points • Over-communicate, in public • Create rituals that

    encourage communication and sharing • When they don't work, keep iterating