At IDRsolutions we are always looking for good resources that can help us improve our workflow. One really good tool is the Atlassian playbook. This is a free online resource for helping you to create and maintain healthy, high performing teams.
The recommended first step is to complete a health monitor. This is an exercise you do with your team to find out what your strengths and weaknesses are.
You are given a series of attributes which are common in healthy teams. You read these aloud to your whole team, and together you decide if you are ‘strong’, ‘shaky’ or ‘struggling’.
This might sounds time consuming but it’s only short, and there is an option to add a 3 second countdown if you want to make it even quicker. At the end you get a summary which you can go through and discuss in more detail with your team. This is a good way to quickly identify areas you need to work on.
Once you have done that, there are lots more resources to help you improve in the areas you need. These are called ‘plays‘. Plays are a series of step by step guides to make your team more efficient and more effective.
Each one gives you a time estimate, difficulty level, the equipment you will need and instructions on what to do.
For example you might want to improve how your team does meetings to decide on features:
There are a lot of plays to choose from. If you have difficulty deciding which to do, you can have a look at the game plans. These advise you which plays to do, depending on your purpose.
The playbook is very easy to use, and it contains lots of useful information and advice. I would highly recommend giving it a try.
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