So, I've read today that Google spent a lot of time and money on researching what is the formula for building a highly productive team. You know, hundreds of thousands of polls and questionnaires, tens of researchers, psychologists, data analyst. A big deal. The outcome was surprising.
Are you ready for this?
Are you sure?
[I'm taking a big breath right now]
You need to be nice to each other.
Whoa, you haven't seen that coming, have you? I'm writing it, because recently I've spent a lot of time on learning about Agile Manifesto and particularly on scrum, which is one of the agile methodologies. For your information, these are a group of methods of creating software, which are supposed to be more effective than traditional ways. Scrum describes precisely the rules that you should adapt to make your people work better: what are the roles, how the whole process looks like and so on. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of very hard knowledge, but a big part of it is how to deal with people. Like: You should communicate more. Or: You should be very precise in expressing your expectations. Or: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
I was reading that (and the article above) and I was stunned. You, people, really need the whole methodology and tons of research to come to this conclusion? You need to find a name for it, publish hundreds of books, blogs, webinars, conferences about it, create a certification processes for this and toot your own horn about making such a great discovery? Isn't that something absolutely basic for anyone who has ever worked with fellow human beings on some project? Hey, Google, I have some other stuff for you, and I offer it for free:
Always assume good intentions in others
Plan everything with a time margin
Don't be super serious
Try to find the reasons to like your coworkers
Always confirm the information you got
Ask if you don't know something, there is no such thing as a stupid question
Respect people around
Don't leave things for the last moment
No problem, you will thank me later. You can call it any way you like (but Ten Awesome Years Manifesto would be nice). It took me exactly 3 minutes and 47 seconds to write, seems I'm an extremely effective one-woman research team. Perhaps it's because I'm nice to myself.
|This is me, upgrading my productivity at work, just after I got a fancy hat and |
martini glass from my coworkers. I suggest that Google has a word with them,
They may be intuitive geniuses.