Thursday, August 19, 2010

Team Dynamics

Long back I got a comment from one my ex-colleagues that "team dynamics" is an area I should learn... She also gave a little brief on the subject... :) Thank you for the suggestions! I must say back, "Activity is not an achievement."

Anyway, now, when I know what actually this stuff is, I'm smiling how they pretended to be team dynamic is from their perspective (that time). Below is written what I found about team dynamics from my experience, experts feedback, by reading different articles and guides over the internet.

Here we go...
Team dynamics are the invisible factors that operate in a team between two or more people working together. This is very complex to describe in single line that how it is identified and measured? It can be anything that directly or indirectly affects the productivity of people. Some of those can be: Friendship between colleagues, Work environment/place layout and culture, Small informal meetings between colleagues within office time, Company/Team processes, Technologies, Learning opportunity, and definitely opportunity to grow. Sometimes, any kind of change in team like add/remove of members may lead to change in behavior of existing people.

The ultimate ambition of a manager should be to add value to team dynamic only so overall project productivity is increased and not to reduce it or make it complex, and with that team becomes more strengthened. Members should have social feel to the team/group, make others enjoy, give value to others commitment and appreciations etc to motivate. The people I have seen around me in the past, were believe in gossip of peers with others, which means that there are likely to be sub-groups within a team to break the team spirit, and that directly impacts the overall morale of everybody because the environment is corrupted. When managers are also included in those gossips, well, that's end of story :-) and the show didn't run for long.

Positive team dynamic reduces company's attrition rate too.

I must mention some of the quotes from my earlier post that I like a lot:
  • The good project manager looks after his(or her) team; the perfect project manager takes care of customers.
  • Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't have to do it.
  • It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.
  • If you always blame others for your mistakes, you will never improve.