Runar Ovesen Hjerpbakk

Software Philosopher

We're all individuals together →

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to my local IxDA chapter. My talk pitched the necessity of practicing working together, even in autonomous cross-functional product teams. Other teams of specialists do this regularly, so why shouldn’t we also do it in the software world?

Thus I introduced 4 exercises that anyone can do with their team to increase trust, set common goals and mitigate risks:

  1. Make everybody draw their life and share it with the team.
  2. Private answer three simple questions: What are we making? For whom? Why? And then reflect on how the answers differ within the team.
  3. Create a team working agreement by using a consensus process.
  4. Run a pre mortem, a post mortem before the potential failure has happened.

My slides are available below and the talk can be viewed in 🇳🇴 on Facebook.