Belbin and Agile: building responsive teams and ‘failing fast’
Agile empowers cross-functional teams, enabling them to come together, self-manage and produce complex products in challenging environments. It is credited with higher employee engagement, decreasing the time taken to bring a product to market and greater customer satisfaction.
As a philosophy, Agile is all about identifying the uncertainties within your working environment, and figuring out how to adapt on the fly. With its tenets of prioritising people over process and responding to change, rather than sticking rigidly to a plan, it isn’t difficult to see why it might be a popular approach for our current circumstances.
But of course, working at speed with cross-functional teams—who are now primarily virtual teams too—is a big ask. Fortunately, there are a number of synergies between Agile and Belbin Team Roles. Here we examine how Belbin can inform the Agile mindset and boost the performance of Agile teams.