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What are the characteristics of great teams that develop great products?

What you all think about the main characteristics of great teams that make amazing and great products in time of before time?

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Steve Owens
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Steve Owens Entrepreneur • Advisor
Finish Line - A Better Way for Small Companies to Develop Products
Empirical thinkers

Collaborative

Focused


Rita Graziano, MA
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CEO Avanti Leadership Group - Executive Coach
Great question!

1. Clear rules of engagement: how do we do our best work? How do we handle conflict?
2. Open and honest conversations.
3. Recognition and valuing of differences. Understanding of how to leverage differences effectively. Not everyone thinks alike.
4. Connection to the end goal and knowing their role in getting there.
Steve Bell
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Steve Bell Advisor
Board Level Medical Device Industry Executive
the leads on the team need tons of experience and scar tissue in that sector Deep knowledge of what does and doesn't work is invaluable
Dimitry Rotstein
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Dimitry Rotstein Entrepreneur
Head of R&D at SafeZone
- Common goals and motivations
- Good chemistry
- Wide and complementary talent+experience
- All members know what "Lean Startup" is and understand its importance
Axel Meierhoefer
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Founder of MaxMomentum Institute - we help small & medium sized companies 2x leads & conversions using our unique system
I agree with all the already provided attributes.I suggest to also consider personality styles. A good mix of styles typically allows the talents to flourish while still have creative tension that makes sure that only those ideas that can be validated move forward.
For the leader that means to find balance between authenticity of your own style and flexibility in accomodating the other styles on your team
Mark Talaba
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Mark Talaba Entrepreneur
Founder, Vision Former, serial entrepreneur
Hi Jason. 'Teamwork' seems to be overtaking 'Talent' as the top-of-mind issue in selecting, structuring, and managing teams. You'll have no problem getting advice and success stories. I'll simply suggest that you check out a new technology called Teamability(R). It is the product of 25 years of research in team interaction, and 9 years of tech development. The result: measures and that predict team performance, and readily applicable methods that guide management decisions and practices that create and sustain positive team chemistry. Mark
Ansar Hafil
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Ansar Hafil Entrepreneur
Business Consultant at Winning In Business

- Great teams have clear common goals and know what their individual roles &responsibilities andgoals are.

- Great products are developed by people who know their target customers' needs.

- To have projects completed on time you need a good project manager.

George White
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George White Entrepreneur
Technology Enthusiast & Entrepreneur
The best teams prioritize and create a positive, healthy, internal culture because they know how important it is to the overall success of an organization. In changing entrepreneurial dynamics, it is very important to highlight the value of collective responsibility and empathy. Simple adaptability won't do. the atmosphere should carry a shared understanding of what teamwork stands for and how culture of positively evolves. The creative capacity of the team should be tangible in a manner that arouses a sense of belongingness in everyone.

I believe that there are 10 traits of any team that make it great and enable it to deliver amazing products.

1. Higher levels of mutual trust
2. Differing POVs, Debates & disagreements
3. Cooperation between senior and junior members
4. The Company's Trust
5. Unpredictability is a Virtue
6. Mistaken Vibes shouldn't be an issue
7. The best teams can cope with anything
8. Sticks in a bundle are Stronger
9. Call a Spade a Spade
10. Professionalism - A core value
Jason Frost
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Jason Frost Entrepreneur
Manager Sales & Marketing at TkXel
Thanks everyone for sharing your helpful thoughts.
K. Alan Robbins
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K. Alan Robbins Entrepreneur
Head Moose at Moose WorldWide Digital
Awesome topic, I've been very busy the last few days and haven't had time to participate.

What we've learned with web development teams is that the optimal mix is:

1) A project manager who started out as a developer. This earns him respect, which is the cornerstone of effective management.

2) A senior level resource who's ego isn't too large

3) One or two mid level developers who are young enough, and passionate enough that they will put in extra effort to learn new and better ways.

4) A junior developer who is aggressive and will soak up the skills of the mid level and senior resources.

5) A good external supporting cast - A good tool set, easily accessible System Administrator, responsive and non condescending Q/A, and a leader who sets broad strategic objectives, inspires people, and is fair, honest, and genuine with people.

The worst development teams are:

1) A leader who is dishonest, over states capabilities, and tells clients and stakeholders what they want to hear.

2) A PM who's main objective is revenue maximization over client satisfaction.

3) A mid level developer sold as a senior who has never been the lead on a project of this size/complexity with an enormous ego and an immature approach to teach playing.

4) Juniors with limited training who are left without instruction while the lead struggles mightily with problems

5) Developers doing Q/A on their own stuff

6) No toolset/supporting cast, or the toolset exists but is ignored when the first fire breaks out, which occurs after the first real deliverable.

Anyone who's done software development has experienced the second team more than once in their career. While my experience revolves around software development the principles apply to any endeavor where humans are involved. What continues to amaze me after doing this 30+ years is the synergy that occurs when you have the optimal mix - which is directly proportional to the size of the disaster created when you have the opposite....
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