5000-1 Foxes in the Henhouse
In the past week, we have seen one of the most remarkable sporting achievements by an unlikely underdog here in the UK. Leicester City FC, of the English Premier League, won the league with two games to spare, beating illustrious teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea to the top.
This was a team with no stars; in fact, it barely escaped relegation a year before, which bookmakers made 5000-1 outsiders to win the title.
How did they do it? Some say it was the discovery and subsequent reburial of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral after his remains were found in a local carpark, bringing the team this run of good fortune.
The truth is that the victory was due to an incredible display of teamwork and commitment. There were no egos, just a drive to perform and support each other to consistently deliver results time after time.
Other teams failed, including my local side, Newcastle, where egos and attitudes ruled and so performances and results degraded.
Why am I talking about this on a software blog? We can all relate this situation to our experience of teamwork in the IT world. I’ve worked on teams where egos dominated. Whoever shouted the loudest would win, and inevitably the team would struggle to meet its goals. Compare this to teams who worked together harmoniously and delivered the goods time after time. The way a team works together directly affects the results.
This lesson can apply to any team in the IT space, but the mantra of teamwork should shine most predominantly in the Agile space, where the team(s) should pull together for a common goal.
How do you improve team culture and habits? We suggest the AgilityHealth Radar, which is a strategic retrospective that focuses on the top areas that affect team performance and health. With the results, there is a clear path forward to improved team culture and thus improved results.
So, are you a Leicester or something else entirely?