Team Self-Assessment Tool
John Cutler (@johncutlefish on Twitter) has just published the latest (shorter) version of his Product Team Self-Assessment. I’ve been impressed with John’s clear, pragmatic approach to understanding and promoting team function in a software development environment. His thinking (and perhaps his Team Self-Assessment) could improve the design and delivery of social services. I invite you and your team members to complete the self-assessment and let me know what you think.
Note: Rate each item using the following scale:
1 = Strongly disagree
2 = Disagree
3 = Undecided
4 = Agree
5 = Strongly agree
The “we” refers to your immediate team.
- We have un-gated access to timely, trustworthy, and usable data.
- We have the tools we need to do our best work.
- We prioritize work based on research and data (not the latest fire and/or pet-idea).
- We make crisp, data-informed decisions. Most decisions are reversible.
- We deploy frequently into production with very low risk of service disruption.
- We are focused on one or two (at most) high leverage opportunities. Our focus is relatively stable, and our strategy is coherent.
- We measure the impact of our work, and respond gracefully to feedback.
- Strong evidence indicates that the work we are doing is impactful.
- We are gaining ground on, or edging ahead of, our closest competitors.
- Leadership supports us, and actively removes blockers to our success.
- We effectively manage various forms of “debt” and other sources of drag.
- We take reasonable risks and experiment. Early failures lead to eventual positive outcomes.
- We are a complete, cross-functional team, with dedicated, full-time team members.
- The team can “get real” to address areas of conflict. We’re getting stronger over time.
- We enjoy a state of “flow” — challenged, but “in the zone” with a tangible sense of progress.