Twin Cities Software Symposium

October 12 - 13, 2018

Creating an Environment for Successful Team

Friday - Oct 12 4:45 PM - JEFFERSON

Esther Derby

Esther Derby

Co-author of "Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management"

Some teams seem to have some mysterious chemistry from the beginning. Other teams wallow, bicker, and slog their way to uncertain results. What makes one team soar, and another stumble? It's not just chance.

In this session, we'll explore the essential ingredients that result in that mysterious “chemistry.” For example, we’ll examine the prerequisites for cohesion, and factors that pull teams apart. We'll look at myths and realities of software teams.
You'll gain tools to assess your agile team, and insights on how to adapt the environment for growing great teams.

Learning Outcomes:
Identify the essential elements for great teams.
Strategies to adapt the environment to improve the chance of team success.
Identify common pitfalls for agile teams.

Through table activities and facilitated conversation, we'll explore experiences in teams, talk about what works, and what doesn't. I'll present research about teams, and related it to concrete steps that managers, team leads, and team members can apply to their own situations.

About Esther Derby

I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.

I’ve written over 100 articles, and co-authored two books–Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. I write about management, leadership, collaboration, organizations and change (or another topic I’m currently exploring).

Follow me on Twitter @estherderby