One of 2020’s leading trends is the push towards strong, integrated teams, as opposed to individual top performers. But how do we turn the superstars of today into the agile team players of tomorrow?
Firstly, the motivation for moving to a teamwork model is a business reason. It’s a given that efficiency will increase — in some cases, even double. But it’s much more than that. With the market moving towards smaller, project-oriented contracts, having powerful teams that can work on individual projects — at scale — is key. These teams could be built, bespoke-style, for certain projects and then disbanded, or they can remain a permanent fixture in the company.
Going from a spoon to a Swiss Army knife
Let’s clear up one thing right away. When we’re talking about teams, we’re not talking about teams of identical individuals anymore. That’s in the past.
Let’s say a customer comes to you with a project. Instead of getting your star performers and telling them to handle the project as they have done so many times in the past, using the same methods and the same avenues, you do something different. You pull strings from all corners and bring together into one team not only a full-stack developer, a security expert, and an analytics or automation professional, but also a customer experience expert, and a marketing and communications professional — and that makes a big, big difference. Now, you can be sure that you not only get the desired result, but that it’s usable and understandable by the customer.
A lot of the more technical projects often lose sight of the problem they’re trying to solve, and this is where agile teams come in to help get things back on track. A strong, diverse team has a tool for every task. The strong organizers keep everyone together and everything on schedule, the analytical minds keep the work flowing, and the social, communicative members handle outside relations.
With such varied skill sets, there’s the right type of work for everyone, instead of high performers doing all the heavy lifting. And we are not involving only seniors and top performers, as they are rare and expensive. All members benefit from tremendous learning opportunities and a chance to grow.
Putting different types of experts together fosters career development, inspires continuous learning, and benefits both the employer and the employee.