Guiding principle: the basic unit of product development is the team, not the individual

Teams are not the same as groups of individuals

Shared working agreements over optimising solely for individual preferences

“We’re a team” but each person is playing a different sport. “I’m playing football”, “I’m playing baseball”, “I’m playing rugby”, “I’m playing basketball”, “I’m playing hockey”.
Teams require a shared working approach

Team self-selection over team assignment

“Responsibility cannot be assigned; it can only be accepted. If someone tries to give you responsibility, only you can decide if you are responsible or if you aren’t.”

High performing teams do not become performing instantaneously… but structure should follow strategy

Even though the Tuckman model isn’t linear, we can at least say it takes time for teams to reach performing (from Doc Norton’s “Tuckman was wrong”)




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