Have I found the secret ingredient? Maybe not, but what I have noticed is that when we think of agility, we are easily focusing a lot more on frameworks or processes than people.
Susanne Husebø gave a talk at Scan Agile about “Symptoms of well functioning teams” and what I noticed was interesting: almost all of the characteristics of a well-functioning team is related to how we communicate and work together rather than how we follow some processes. Susanne, as she describes, had a totally non-scientific approach to the topic, and I liked it. Sometimes science is beneficial but sometimes it’s a good idea to just do things together, experiment and learn – fast.
One symptom of a well-functioning team that Susanne presented was that ”good teams share responsibility”. I feel this is a very important ingredient of successful agile teams. Why? Because of The Responsibility Process.