Who gets the work done in our work environment?
Yes it is teams and today I stumbled upon a commercial from Canyon Bicycles GmbH in Vienna and I loved their message: “Changing the game is a team effort”.
So true and a great reminder that teams are the backbone of our working life. There is a great chapter about teams in “Scrum – The art of doing twice the work in half the time” from Jeff Sutherland (a great book and if you haven’t read it please do so).
In one chapter I remember he was talking about studies done on productivity based on individual level and on team level.
On individual level the difference between the best students (all receiving the best grade) was 1 to 10. Meaning it took the best student to do the exercise in 1 hours and the slowest student took 10 hours – all still receiving the same grade).
So then there was studies done on team level and they had data from more than 3.800 projects and here the same question: What was the difference between the best team and the worst team. The best team was finished with the work after 1 week. But how long did the worst team take to finish the same work?
Did it take them also 10 weeks? Maybe …
The correct answer was 2.000 weeks (seems quite long actually almost 40 years, maybe they are still working on solving the problem …).
I guess what Jeff wanted to show was that we always want to hire the best individuals maybe we should shift our focus more on how we can improve our existing teams.
What are you doing to improve your teams productivity?