Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Towards a Culture of Teams: What Can Managers Do To Support Teams?


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Towards a Culture of Teams: What Can Managers Do To Support Teams?

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The desire to transform an organizational culture to one inspired by teams is understandable. There is no shortage of evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, which suggests teams (and teamwork) are a competitive advantage. Despite the label of “team”, most organizations explicitly and implicitly manage teams like a matrix of individuals. This lack of support causes teammates to work independently, silo knowledge, and degrade the presumed results of teams. What then can managers and coaches do to encourage an environment for real teams to form? Join Zach Bonaker as he provides managers, team members, and change agents with a practical toolkit of principles--assembled from top researchers and teamwork experts--for shaping your organization such that real teams and teamwork are possible. Further, you’ll learn a pragmatic model for different categories of teams and how to unlock the potential for each. Rooted in systems thinking, you’ll also gain an appreciation for how systems and structures influence team behavior and culture. Unlocking the best result possible is within reach; come see how!

Zach Bonaker
Walmart Labs

Zach Bonaker is a "benevolent trouble-maker" based in San Diego, California, USA and has more than 10 years of experience assisting software organizations with accomplishing their goals through improved working conditions and results. With experience guiding Fortune 500 companies to multi-million dollar startups, Zach emphasizes agile principles, relationships, and systems thinking to redesign structures into safe, collaborative environments for delivering products. Zach is an international conference speaker, frequent podcast guest, and contributor to the global agile community. When he isn’t thinking about next-generation agile ideas, Zach can be found enjoying the sunny California weather and connecting with people all over the world.