The Agile Tribe

How Many Dysfunctions Fit

on November 16, 2011

Author: Graeme Robb
Once upon a time there was a team and a manager…Once upon a time
Something has to be changed about the way the team is working.
The management decide what changes should be made and do not consult the team.

The team suggest that the change isn’t perfect, and the management would be wise to consider a few risks and suggestions.

The risks are noted but the suggestions from the team are not considered, partly because the frustration felt by the team comes through as a little negative, but mostly because the decision has been made already and the project must move on.

The team are frustrated, and cautiously proceed with the changes, the considerations that were raised by the team have been “noted”.

The risks eventually become an issue, the team is frustrated, and attempt to raise the suggestions as before, but cannot conceal their increased frustration.

The management are also frustrated by the issue, but are perturbed by the teams frustration which is now distinctly unconstructive.

The management conclude that the biggest issue is with the team’s attitude, and not by the risks that were raised.

The management decide that they must step in to address this problem and something has to be changed about the way the team is working.

The management decide what changes should be made and do not consult the team………..

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