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Working as a team

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Stage 1-2

Agile IQ® Level

Foundation

Guides

Team Setup

Practices

Introduction

A team skills matrix makes people’s skills transparent. It’s a useful artefact that helps with:

  • Resource planning – do we have the skills to deliver the goals of future work?
  • Refining the Product Backlog – do we have the skills to deliver upcoming work?
  • Succession planning – who can take over when someone goes on holidays? 
  • Training needs – who needs to improve their skills so our team has an improved delivery capability?
skills matrix

RETROSPECTIVE ACTIVITY

Create the skills matrix as part of establishing the team.

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Assess skill level

Use a simple 1-5 scale. Self-assessment is sufficient.

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Love it or hate it?

Use an emoji to represent whether you like doing that work

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Identify the gaps

Where are the team's weak points?

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Plan improvements

Create a plan to strengthen skills and learn new ones using a team PD plan.

Update the skills matrix at a Retrospective about once every 6-9 months.

DOWNLOAD SKILLS / EMOJI MATRIX

Download and use the skills matrix for your own team.

References

1. Hodgson, M. R., and Horrigan, M. B. (2021) Agile Essentials.

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