Trust & Transparency

Our team is comprised of 3 dedicated developers, 1 project manager, 1 super dedicated product owner and a trusty task board. Although, we’re a small team we’ve been uber successful, and so far have been able to out perform the competition (in a surprisingly short amount of time).

One of those reasons is because of how "tight" (read:close) the team is. What I mean is that we’re completely open with each other, which has allowed us to really gel as a team. We have our good days and bad days, but overall I feel like I can honestly depend on my team mates, and likewise.

We all make the same salary, and have the same amount of shares. There’s no super heroes on our team. We all have strengths and our weaknesses, but there’s no sense that any one of us feels like we are obligated to outperform one another. We’re judged based on team performance rather than individual performance.

"The problem with reviews is that most reviews and raises are based on individual goals and achievements, but XP focuses on team performance. If a programmer spends half of his time pairing with others, how can you evaluate his individual performance? How much incentive does he have to help others if he will be evaluated on individual performance?" – Kent Beck from Extreme Programming Explained

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition) (The XP Series)
by Kent Beck, Cynthia Andres

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Depending on the day, we each step up to lead the team. There’s no water cooler discussions about why a member of the team makes x dollars, while I make x – 20K. We’re either performing or not, and call each other out when we’re not.

So far, this has helped our team gel. I’m curious to hear how about why you and your team are so "tight"?

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One Response to Trust & Transparency

  1. jlockwood says:

    I’ve worked on a couple of tight teams in the past…one eight years ago and one as recently as a year ago. Both were originally formed around XP ideals…and both were pretty successful. I still keep in touch with folks from both teams and would love to work with any of the members again. The only problem with having the priviledge of working on such a team is the curse of going back to the “same-old same-old” afterwards.

    Both teams were tight-knit mainly because humility was adopted as a core value with both pretty early on. Also, the highly collaborative environments on both teams helped members feel closer while exposing non-”team players” before they caused too much trouble. In addition, both teams expected senior developers to work closely with junior developers which helped avoid creation of elitist clicques.