An agile team is a group of people that have an agile mindset. But what is really a great agile team?
I like all the time to bring into the context this example: If you have a bunch of strawberries and you squeeze them; it means that you have a strawberry jam? Not. You need some sugar (not that it is good, but you need it) some heat and a person to stay near it and chew in it at the right temperature all the time.
So, what is different with a great agile team… what about?
- people chemistry
- people that share the same goals
- having the right support from the management team
- having a culture based on learning activities
- being self-organised
The agile team is self-organised and cross-functional, which is necessary to produce a delightful working increment of product, overcoming project management challenges. They are eager to learn and so their focus is on rapid product development so they can get feedback.
As the SCRUM framework suggests, the most effective agile teams range in size from 3 to 9 members. Ideally, agile teams are working into the same physical space. Team members are 100% dedicated to the teams (otherwise, they are not great agile teams). As I like to say they ‘SUCCEED’ or ‘FAIL’ together, so if this is the mindset of all the team members they are already on the SUCESS road as a team.