5 Key Muscles & Mindsets
Your WHY. Unlock meaning and set smarter goals.
Your HOW. Hack the hamster wheel and get more done.
Your WHO. Understand and delight the people you serve.
Your PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY. Boost brainpower and creativity.
Your TRANSPARENCY. Help others help you.
These techniques have transformed the way we work. Bianca Mugyeni
A master class in agile team management.Emily Goligoski
The missing owner’s manual for anyone who leads or works in teams.Phillip Smith
Matt Thompson is obsessed with better teamwork and healthier organizations. He teaches agile teamwork and collaborative leadership practises that help busy people become happier and more effective at work. A former Senior Director at the Mozilla Foundation, he's the author of The Team Health Handbook (coming in 2023), a cookbook for healthy, high-performing teams.
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Team Health Practices
POP: Strategic planning in 60 seconds or less
POP stands for "Purpose, Outcome, Process," a ridiculously simple tool for adding clarity to chaos, designing better meetings, and bringing wayward projects back on track. Once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. (Read more.)
Retrospectives: the one meeting technique you can’t live without
This scientifically-designed meeting recipe -- used by everyone from Navy SEALs to "Teal organizations" to agile software developers -- is arguably the fastest, easiest way to improve literally anything. (Read more.)
OKRs: how to set smarter goals (using both sides of your brain)
Don't let the Dilbert-ish acronym fool you: OKRs (or "Objectives and Key Results") are like the perfect mix of chocolate and peanut butter. A simple template for setting better teams goals, OKRs draws on both sides of your brain -- mixing qualitative with quantitative, inspiring with specific, and big picture goals with short term results. (Read more.)
DARCI: hack hierarchy and avoid human pile-ups
DARCI (which stands for "Decider, Accountable, Responsible, Consulted, Informed) is a simple way to avoid Death by Org Chart and set clear roles in a more human, fine-grained way. It's perfect for ensuring accountability, avoiding managerial bottlenecks, and unlocking the benefits of "fluid hierachy" in a practical way. (Read more.)
The Heartbeat Technique: work in rhythm to overcome busyness and burnout
Prioritize, execute, improve. That's all that great teams really do, over and over and over again. By creating a predictable rhythm and ritual for doing these things well, your team can overcome the curse of chronic juggling, burnout and brain fry. (Read more.)