Pathways 3.1 Successful Collaboration: Collaborating in Self Directed Team

“A, please do this tomorrow according to the plan. B, please draft a list of invited guests.”

That is a situation that usually happen in my workplace. It’s hierarchical and it’s usually have some leader, for example a manager or a senior manager. What if you are in a situation when there is a team but there is nobody to direct you? This is my experience of colloaborating in self directed team.

The situation is happened in my master degree study. We needed to create a group that solve a problem to be tackled on. Although it was only one of the project in my master degree but it was my first experience to collaborate in self directed scrum. There is a method called scrum. Here I won’t focus on the content of the project of the scrum itself but what I learn about collaborating in self directed team.

How it works?
How can we make it a successful collaboration?
Maybe you can learn from it : Just remember GRC!

First we set up or get to know the goals. What we want to create and achieve. Why it is important? There was a case when we got into conflict when there are 2 opinions between our team members. Then we reflected our opinions whether those options were still aligned with

Second we define or get to know the roles. We tried to get to know each other so that we know what is the strengths and the weakness for each individuals. By getting to know each individual strength we can bring ourselves to collaborate to gain individual. Also by knowing our roles we can feel contributed and responsible for a thing. It avoid social loafing. In this project for example, we have member who excels in analysis, programming, and designing. We can understand with whom to ask advice for.

Third, have a frequent communication. In Scrum a team need to discuss every day! although it was not necessarily to attend offline, but it was suggested to have a 15 minutes of discussion. Let say. Hi, I’m Rizky. Today I will program module X. Yesterday I have trouble with YOU, please make it simple. This was the most challengin in self directed team. There was no leader. Everybody is a leader. Communication is the key.

The result of this collaboration was in 4 weeks we made a prototype of a travel marketplace. I learn many things in this collaboration.

  • Openness is rewarding. If nobody is open and give true opinion about the matter, then all the hidden problem will be hidden until it’s late. Fortunately when there was a conflict, Scrum team consists of different set of background and skills, so after combining several ideas together, usually a creative idea comes up.
  • A great way to come up a creative solution
  • Stick to the goals

Yes, that’s my experience in collaborating with self directed team. If you are worry how to make you productive, just remember GRC.

Set/have goals,
Have roles, and
get a frequent communications

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