Out of Mana - when causative power spring has dried

Being a lucky git, I've grown up (techwise, in terms of professional career) in very good teams, surrounded by decent team mates & coached by awesome leaders. I didn't discover...

3 years ago

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Being a lucky git, I've grown up (techwise, in terms of professional career) in very good teams, surrounded by decent team mates & coached by awesome leaders. I didn't discover that today, I've already written at least one post about that some day ago. Based on my professional experience gained under these circumstances I was quite convinced that overall team productivity (and its measurements - for instance, shaky velocity) is dependant mainly on technical aspects of work (so-called "workshop & tools") - whether they are being done right or not so:

Technical doesn't mean pure technology - it's also the way you perform analysis, gather & maintain data, etc. - all the substantive factors. But the older I get, the more I realize how dramatically far from truth I was ...

What has more impact?

The soft stuff. How people feel. What they think & how they interact (among themselves). Just from the top of my head:

OK, it's not a big discovery - you all know any of these can be detrimental. But it's a huge understatement. Each one of those separately can cause a real disaster. When combined they may easily reduce team's ability to deliver to practically zero.

Null.

No causative power at all. From a team that could (or even did in the past) achieve awesome things in other circumstances.

De-va-sta-ting. Demolishing. Crushing. True shock for the careful observer who's able to put two and two together.

And in this particular case of mana (quite the contrary to what we know from computer games ...) waiting for refill (hoping that the problem will solve itself on its own) is not a proper solution (it may make things even worse) - the only way to get team's mana back is to remove the root problem. The faster, the better. Only then mahna mahna will be back:

Pic: © alswart - Fotolia.com

Sebastian Gebski

Published 3 years ago

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