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The Agile Advent Calendar - Days 15 & 16


๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ด๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ - ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† 15 - Rockin' around the Christmas tree





On the fifteenth day of Christmas, I'm not really sharing a message about agility at all. This message transcends any approach, or way of working.


Quite simply, be yourself.


Be open and vulnerable with the teams you work with, let them see your personality and embrace it.


It's what makes you who you are.


Apologies to anyone who needs new retinas.




๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ด๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ - ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† 16 - Cameras = happier?




On the sixteenth day of Christmas (Very aware I am a little behind)

I once heard that a key indicator of how happy a team is, was ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต.

With our increasingly remote working world, I feel there is another strong signal of whether a team is happy or not.

๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’š ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž๐’” ๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’„๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’” ๐’๐’

It goes without saying that this isn't a one size fits all situation.

In my experience, the teams with greater psychological safety & who are enjoying their team work, go on camera more often.

๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€;

- Make time for personal interaction in each meeting

- Don't enforce use of cameras, encourage it for those who feel comfortable doing so

- Start small, try just one meeting a week where everyone goes on camera, adjust from there


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