Context: We're trying to establish a culture of team transparency and serendipity between previously siloed sub-directorates (2/9)
Since the New Year, we've been running fortnightly show and tells where 3 of the teams on important pieces of work share their progress with each other (3/9)
At the first show and tell, with some wrangling, all 3 teams showed up and presented to polite applause (4/9)
The second fortnight, teams 1 and 2 presented. Team 3 made their apologies, saying they had nothing to show. I was worried: had they not seen the value of this? (5/9)
Last week was show and tell #3. No word from team 3. I kicked off the show and tell, explaining that we'd be hearing from only 2 of the 3 teams (6/9)
And then, 5 minutes before the end of the show and tell, team 3's product manager, spoke up. They had something for us after all, if we still had time for them (7/9)
Trusting teams to self-organise can be uncomfortable. You have to wait a beat longer than you'd like to. Be prepared to see things fail rather than come to the rescue. But it's worth it for moments like that (9/9)
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