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new ways to cluster


Shot in the local woods in autumn – a warm and wet period perfect for mushrooms to grow in fascinating new clusters everywhere. The photo was then run through topaz adjust for a lomo effect – see more on Flickr

In business it is also essential to enable an environment to allow teams to form and develop.

Look for new ways to organise, that promote communication.

Move away from rigid hierarchies, seek out new ways to cluster teams making sure all the skills necessary for the current and future tasks are available.

Look at the organisational hierarchy from different angles – this will open up new synergies between individuals and provide new ways of composing your teams.

individuals with one goal

20130522-223042.jpgWordPress app on the iPad makes the spontaneous blog update a cinch. Digging up older shots and came across this one.

Guitar shop heaven with a camera in my hand. What more does a wannabe guitarist photographer need?

Like a set of musical instruments a team operates at its best when all players engage together to achieve a common goal.

That goal needs to be made visible and progress towards the goal needs to be constantly communicated.

The more a team is capable of interacting on each task they are engaged in, the greater the chance of success. Especially in an IT environment it is key to have individuals who can play generalist roles.

The generalist is capable of switching between different tasks and does not focus on one specific type of work.

A generalist developer is certain to have depth in some areas (T-shaped) – these areas are likely to be personal preferences based on previous focus on a specific technical role.

The success of the team though, depends on each individual’s ability to engage on all tasks, thereby increasing the flexibility of the team as a whole.

That way it is possible to ensure that the sum of the achievements of a team working together will always be greater than the sum of achievements for all individuals.

up front and transparent


Playing around with the exposure led to the ownerless straw hat (our coach), floating above the clear glass bottles (our team).

More from design town antwerp on Flickr

As agile coach, trainer or scrum master it’s important to bring the team into the foreground.

Whether with stakeholders, customers, or simply helping them recognise that it is the team that counts.

Help them to be transparent with one another, as only through that openness and honesty will they truly operate as a single unit.

You can achieve this by acting as an extra pair of eyes, an observer one step removed from the main group.

Provide the team the space they need and help them through the tougher discussions. Use your observational skills to highlight key incidences and provide objective feedback to help them improve.

Remember, you don’t always need to immediately have an answer, help the team to find the answer themselves by guiding them with open questions and bring them closer together as a single unit.

gel the generations

Vacation time in Italy at Lago Di Como and a visit to Como town at the southern most end of the lake.

Taken while spinning around to keep up with the passing boarder, I love the combination of ancient architecture and modern street life with the skateboarder, trash and graffiti connecting the two.

More from lago di como onĀ Flickr

Agility increases with diversity.

One way to diversify is to engage multiple generations in one team.

This enables a different view on a situation depending on the skill sets and experiences that each generation brings to the table.

The next years will be interesting as four generations will co-habit in the business world. From baby boomer, through Gen X, to Gen Y and Gen Z.

That brings a new dynamic and diversity to every team that can get the most out of this generation mix.