Sometimes even the most experienced Agile teams can feel down, especially if they are operating on “autopilot” for a while. This situation can be dangerous if not handled properly.
So, if your team is used to achieving success as a self-organizing team, what should you do if they experience a lull or a setback? Should you leave the team alone to figure things out, or should you try to inject some energy and try to actively help the team?
This is a difficult situation to address with a blanket approach, since there are so many factors involved. Depending on the dynamics of the team, the company culture, the product or service being developed, etc., you may need to consider different ideas.
Here are a few things that might be worth considering if you need help addressing morale issues on your team.
Tip #1 – Ask the team members “what might help you have more fun?”
Quite often, Agile teams get into a rhythm of constantly dealing with unfinished work or issues and forget to have fun! Sometimes it may be helpful just to remind them that they should try to think outside the box and explore some new ideas that may break the monotony.
Tip #2 – Ask the team “what features would you pay for if you are the end user?”
Sometimes team members have great ideas for your product but does not have the opportunity to share them. Giving them a forum to discuss possible improvements and explore new solutions could help them feel more engaged and appreciated.
Tip #3 – Say “thank you!”
This one may sound a bit odd, but just hearing the words “thank you” can go a long way towards making someone’s day. If you don’t believe me, try it some time and see what happens. Naturally, you should pick the right opportunity to express your gratitude since artificial remarks will not offer much value.
Even the best teams need a morale boost sometimes. Pay close attention and try to help them out when the time comes!