High Performance Teams

How new ways of working can create high-performing agile, autonomous teams 

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SMALL, AGILE TEAMS AS THE ENGINE OF PRODUCTIVITY

For departmental heads and teams leaders, there are so many new techniques, ways of working and digital-first methods that can help improve team performance. Most of the great use cases for social and digital tools are to be found at this level of scale within the organisation, as this is where work happens. 

Small, agile teams are proving to be the fundamental building block of modern, productive organisations. The startup world is clearly ahead in learning how to maximise their autonomy and minimise blockages in the flow of work, but established firms are starting to learn these lessons too and reduce the bureaucratic overhead on small teams.

We have an extensive knowledgebase of simple techniques, decision making and management systems that teams can use to move faster and stay focused on jobs to be done, and we have a lot of experience helping teams work differently even within traditional organisational structures.

TYPICAL CHALLENGES

  • How to maximise autonomy in teams
  • Removing org barriers to agile working
  • Connecting & aligning small teams
  • Growing networks around small teams
  • Grouping teams into larger structures
  • Using smarter team management techniques

INTEGRATING TEAMS

In an agile and adaptive organisation, the team landscape is always changing, with new groups forming to tackle new projects and sometimes external teams coming in through M&A activity or co-innovation. Having ways to quickly connect and socialise new teams is important.

Typical activities include:

  • social platforms for integration
  • weaving shared networks across teams
  • multi-team initiatives
  • new, agile org structures

NEW WAYS OF WORKING

Small teams work in an environment of high trust, which lets them use techniques like consent-based decision making, agile methods, ‘working out loud’ and other new management techniques that are easy and fun to learn. We can help put these to work.

Typical activities include:

  • Workshops on team management techniques
  • Animation sessions for team leads
  • Tools to help teams reflect on how to improve
  • Learning hub to share good practice

AGILE ORG STRUCTURES

For small teams to fulfil their potential, agile organisational structures are needed to ensure they stay connected and aligned. There is a lot of new thinking about how to connect small teams, and we can provide insights into which of these methods to try in different contexts.

Typical activities include:

  • Advice on new org structures & models
  • Design new structures around agile teams
  • Help to overcome barriers to agile working
  • Diagnostics and measurement tools

SELECTED BLOG POSTS

Enterprise-wide Agility: Doing versus Being

“Doing agile is a set of activities, but being agile is the state of mind, the ongoing capability, and the cultural adaptability.” ― Pearl Zhu, Digital Agility: The Rocky Road from Doing Agile to Being Agile When working with global firms seeking to...

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From Analogue Management to Digital Leadership

Eight years ago this week, I started my first real job, for a global financial institution. It was in the wake of the financial crisis, so banks weren't exactly "employer goals", but to be honest, I was just grateful to be getting a regular income. And my role? My job...

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Enabling the Future of Work Requires a Team Focus

Working in teams and teamwork are the backbone of any modern organisation. They are where the work gets done. As organisations move away from hierarchy and towards more team-centric structures (such as podular from the work of Dave Gray or team of teams from the work...

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