Victor on Secrets of Agile Teamwork

Victor Szalvay comments on his experience at the Secrets of Agile Teamwork workshop:

In addition to being a great workshop, I made some new friends and gained insights that I’ll carry with me for a long time.

Diana and I had a great time, too. We had a wonderful group and actually had a lot of fun in addition to learning a thing or two.

Victor voices on of the common concerns I hear every time I teach this sort of workshop:

One of the leading concerns aired at the workshop was how to apply our newly learned tools back home in the workplace. There was a general feeling that without the comprehensive experience of the workshop to lay a foundation, our colleagues back home may dismiss the ideas and concepts as “fluffy”.

Having an entire team attend is ideal. And when that isn’t the case, you can still boost your own effectiveness and team effectiveness.

  • Show rather than tell. Rather than telling teammates about all the neat concepts you learned — show one or two in action. When you change how you respond to situations, the system will shift, too.
  • Work by attraction. Sooner or later, someone will notice the change and ask about it. That’s the time to tell about what you learned.

  • Expect some push back. The (human) system may try to revert to the comfortable status quo. Some people may not want the situation to change, especially when the old way worked to their advantage. Even when the old way didn’t work, what’s familiar is more comfortable than the unknown. That’s natural. Persist.

  • Be patient. People usually need to be exposed to a new idea several times before it sticks.
  • Build a support team. Everything is easier with support. We have a cultural myth about individual achievement — in reality most “star” individual achievers have support from other people. Stay in touch with the group from the workshop. Call on the workshop leaders. (I love to hear from people I’ve met in workshop.)

    And of course, sending your entire team to the Secrets of Agile Teamwork is a very fine idea. 🙂