Happy and high-performance teams thanks to Agile Methodology

Vector ITC Group is immersed in a customer-centric digital cultural transformation to deliver maximum value through happy, high-performance teams.

“The best communication will always be the personal, since it allows to expand and make more fluid messages, provides eye contact, allows to make a reading of body expressions, etc., but the truth is that nowadays the work environment is increasingly virtual. On many occasions, the team is not present in the same place, is distributed and cannot always meet physically” comments David Alejano, Agile Transformation Leader at Vector ITC Group.

In these cases, Vector ITC Group evaluates health to know and identify if they are prepared to work in a distributed way, whether by teleworking, different locations, etc To be able to carry it out, bet on dynamics that facilitate the work in different locations, such as the distributed retrospective, that seeks to bring all involved through a virtual application.

To address the challenges of the offices of the future, Vector ITC Group held a workshop on how to evaluate the health of the teams at Meetup Agile Granada, with the aim of offering dynamics that help to know the maturity of its teams, and another workshop of distrive retrospectives Meetup Bye2BAOS2017, with the aim of first expanding knowledge on distributed retrospectives and, on the other hand, putting into practice what we have learned.

Big Agile Open Space (BAOS) was born as a meeting point for all professionals related to agile methodologies in corporate environments. It is a space of discussion open to the relevant topics of the very fast applied in large corporations.

Equipment diagnostics

Vector ITC Group’s workshop aimed to raise awareness of the importance of teamwork, the well-being of teamwork and how to detect it if it is not. In this sense, through team coaching you can identify the health of the group, that is, whether they actually act as teams or only appear to be.

“During my experience I have worked with multiple team modalities. Teams need a process to evolve. It is essential to identify situations that prevent them from growing and consolidating as real teams. These situations are usually not detected with the naked eye and may be covert. With the diagnosis of equipment it is possible to detect and solve them” says María Morales, Scrum Master of Vector ITC Group.

Through this diagnosis you can know if you have a feeling of equipment, what your day to day is like, your communication, the relationship between them, etc. The “undercover” “bad roll” is identified and actions are put in place to redirect us to the objectives of the group: where we want to reach, what the strengths are, areas of improvement, as well as the factors that remain and do not add value.

“With dynamics of this style, communication between team members is joined and strengthened, as well as detecting team problems. You commit yourself as a group and, you enhance motivation by fostering trust. This point is very important as the team members do not share their weaknesses, their areas of improvement will never advance even properly“, says María Morales.

According to a report powered by RICOH, the work environment will become increasingly virtual than physical, thanks in part to the advancement of devices, in terms of security, mobility and storage.

Distributed retrospective as a solution to computers in different locations

During the closing meetup of baoS2017, a distributed retrospective was held with three teams located in different locations of the Madrid Slaughterhouse, using some virtual tools that made communication between the three points possible.

This was intended to gain information on the aspects to be improved and the strengths of the Open Space, in order to achieve new ideas and initiatives that contribute to making the BAOS 2018 (Big Agile Open Space) better than the previous ones Editions.

“The complexity of a distributed retrospective is due to the fact that the participants are in more than one location. To facilitate this type of dynamics it is necessary to take into account the different difficulties that can arise: time and /or cultural differences (if the team is distributed among several countries), team members who are barely known, problems communications adversities, etc.”, concludes Gema Ruiz Díaz-Mariblanca, Product Owner of Vector ITC Group.