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Richard Kasperowski on Building High Performing Teams and the Core Protocols

| Podcast with Richad Kasperowski by Shane Hastie on Mar 13, 2017 |

This is the Engineering Culture Podcast, from the people behind InfoQ.com and the QCon conferences.

In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor in the Culture & Methods area, spoke to Richard Kasperowski at the QCon San Francisco conference.   

Key Takeaways

  • Agile is not new, and the ideas help organisations focus on building the right thing and building it right
  • High performing teams have some specific characteristics which can be measured
  • Over 200 different things have been identified as “the one thing” needed for high performance
  • All the research shows that the social/cultural factors are more important than technical skills for high performance
  • The behaviour patterns of the Core Protocols seem to cause high performing teams
  • To work well as a high performing team, the members must be able to connect with each other effectively

0m:30s - Introductions

1m:35s - Agile is not a new set of ideas 

1m:55s - The inflection-point, where organisations grow beyond being start-ups and need to change their way of working

2m:10s - What is special about agile – build the right thing and build it right

2m:45s - The importance of high technical standards

3m:15s - Characteristics of high performing teams

4m:05s - Research which explains the things that make high performing teams

4m:55s - Over 200 different things that have been identified as “the one thing” needed for high performance

5m:20s - Survey by Gama Sutra – the importance of shared vision

5m:50s - Google – the importance of Psychological Safety

6m:40s - Describing what team emotional intelligence is and why it matters

7m:35s - Hi individual emotional intelligence does not necessarily result in high team emotional intelligence

7m:50s - All the research shows that the social/cultural factors are more important than technical skills for high performance

8m:35s - The value of the Core Protocols which seem to cause high performing teams

9m:55s - The link between the Core Protocols and team emotional intelligence

10m:00s - An example of the “check-in” protocol

10m:25s - You can teach the Core Protocols, which induce high team EI & psychological safety

11m:15s - Learning the Core Protocols is similar to learning a second language

11m:45s - Learning through intentional practice to raise individual and team EI

12m:05s - What the Core Protocols are and how they were identified

12m:55s - A pattern language for attaining personal self-awareness

13m:25s - Explaining the Check-in core protocol

14m:10s - Core Protocols as a set of instructions, like a programming language

15m:15s - To work well as a high performing team, the members must be able to connect with each other effectively

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About QCon

QCon is a practitioner-driven conference designed for technical team leads, architects, and project managers who influence software innovation in their teams. QCon takes place 7 times per year in London, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Shanghai & Tokyo. QCon London is at its 11th Edition and will take place Mar 6-10, 2017. 100+ expert practitioner speakers, 1300+ attendees and 18 tracks will cover topics driving the evolution of software development today. Visit  qconlondon.com  to get more details.

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