That which isn't good for the hive, isn't good for the bee

25-minute Talk

Competition doesn't deliver what you think it does. Rarely does competition enhance collaboration or mutuality, but it does reinforce siloes and restricts the flow of information.

Virtual Pass session

Timetable

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday 14th

Room

Room F2 - Track 2: Talks

Audience

Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Agile Testers and anyone wanting to build stronger teams.

Key-Learning

  • Competition doesn’t deliver what you think it does.
  • Working well together requires dismantling competitive and hierarchical structures.
  • How to recover from gold-star addiction and what (maybe) to do instead.

Success is no good if it comes at the expense of another.

As a child at school, I thrived on getting gold star stickers. As an adult, I strived for excellent performance reviews and employee of the month recognition. Add to that external recognition like the Rising Star award I won back in 2018, and I was in heaven. However, I have come to realise how damaging these (old) competitive and hierarchical structures are. Especially within teams that rely on working well together. So I have decided to recover from my love for gold stickers.

Here's what I want to explain to you: Competition doesn't deliver what you think it does. Rarely does competition enhance collaboration or mutuality, but it does reinforce siloes and restricts the flow of information. Let's also discuss why the following ideas don't work well for the hive:

-Someone has to 'run the hive' and tell us what to do.

-If competition disappears, won't people stop doing stuff?

-I like the organisation setting clear goals for me to work on so that I can easily tell if I'm successful.

As a recovering gold-sticker-addict, I'll share how my thinking on these topics has changed. I'll also share which team rituals and structures I do like that foster collaboration instead of competition. We are all bound up in this thing called software development together and these old structures hurt us, it's time to dismantle them. Let's build some excellent beehives instead.

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