Bioscrum: Ecosystem Part II
Last week we introduced the basic idea of an BioScrum Ecosystem. In this post we will be discussing team dynamics and team alignment strategies and how they are essential components of the BioScrum Ecosystem.
As discussed previously, just like we have to set up and maintain the right ecosystem for plants to blossom, the same must be done for organizations to increase productivity and work efficiently to deliver high quality products and create high performing teams.
We mentioned what an ideal ecosystem should look like (BioScrum: The Ecosystem Part 1). Many of us know that creating an ideal ecosystem depends on many factors, and for many organizations, there isn’t a simple way of making an ecosystem that works right away. Just like we try different things to grow our plants, which include trying different fertilizers, giving different amounts of sunlight, or putting various amounts of water, the same must be done in organizations. This is one of the key concepts of scrum: continuous improvements. On the other side of the spectrum, we also know that sometimes in the process of trying new ideas or ways to grow our plants and setting up the ideal ecosystem, we forget that natural disasters can occur, or we end up buying products that do more damage than help the plant, or events that occur which are out of our control. This happens, but at least we keep trying to do whatever it takes, we experiment, we buy new things to try to help grow and develop our ecosystem, we keep trying until we find something that works. Same kind of concept needs to be drawn in organizations.
We have many teams that can be part of an ecosystem, particularly the BioScrum ecosystem usually consists of teams portrayed in the graphic above. However, sometimes we fail to keep trying to improve our ecosystem and for many, this hinders their execution of scrum principles. Many ask what is it that we need to do to make our ecosystem healthy and reach the ideal state to keep it sustainable through multiple projects? If there was a simple answer we would be producing and delivering pretty rapidly, but it doesn’t really work that easily. There are factors that have to be assessed and as I highlighted earlier, team dynamics plays an essential role. How can you measure team morale? Simple, ask your team how they feel, what is their state of mind, is there anything thats in their way? As a Scrum Master I connect strongly with my team to make sure I know they have everything they need to build a strong ecosystem, and if they don’t, we figure out ways to continuously improve together. Sometimes it may not be simple, but we adjust and together figure out ways to reach the end goal of growing our healthy organization and creating an ecosystem that is stable for long periods of time.
The second component in conjunction with team dynamics is team alignment strategies. Many organizations sometimes fail at this piece, we may have teams that are doing spectacular, but the minute we have to engage with other teams we don’t tend to align well, and this causes our ecosystem to fall apart. Think of how plants are growing, they need everything to be aligned, the sun, the amounts of water, the right amounts of fertilizer, etc. to grow. Same applies here, we need all of our counterparts to come together. Easier said than done, but this concept is what we need to understand; we need to communicate more effectively in order to create transparency, understanding, and build stronger linkages not just to #bringingagilitytoscience, but also delivering high quality products.
If all goes opposite direction, remember continuous improvement or kaizen. Get better or make the effort to get better than the previous attempt. Present to the teams the ideal image or vision of what an ideal ecosystem looks like and lets all work together to continue our efforts of #bringingagilitytoscience.
I thank all of you for following and keeping up with BioScrum and myself. I am so excited and can’t wait as we will be launching our preliminary website end of August. Please keep spreading the word and sharing our vision. Lets all get together, trust our team, and bring small changes to our organization to get to our ideal BioScrum ecosystem today. As a take away from this blog, lets try to share this with all of our teams, and not just the few teams working with agility, but expanding to all teams involved in delivering our products.
Next blog I will talk about some of the disruptions we face in the biotech domain and what we as team members can do to help bring minimal changes to our team dynamics, and ecosystem, and not make it such an impact to our team morale. Stay tuned!