Groupthink and Fear as Team Killers: A Conversation with Marc Danziger

August 18, 2016 — Posted by Jim Trott

Groupthink and Fear as Team Killers: A Conversation with Marc Danziger

Marc Dangizer and Jim Trott talk about the problems teams often face when no one on the team is willing to acknowledge the challenge if others don’t (groupthink) or because they are afraid of what the consequences might be if they do (fear). In either case, the team is far worse off because issues get addressed only when they are unavoidable – rather than early when it might have been easy.

 
Lean and Agile teams are not immune to this but Lean-Agile practices can make it less likely. And a true Lean-Agile culture can make it never happen.
 
We cover questions such as:
  • Why it is helpful to a coach to focus on groupthink and fear. And why it is not always bad.
  • As a manager, team member, or senior leader, how top spot groupthink and fear
  • Whether and how Lean-Agile helps to address groupthink and fear.
  • How to address this when you have mixed cultures, some that are happy to challenge and some that seek to preserve group identity.
If you are a coach or are engaged in Lean-Agile transformation, I am sure these questions have occurred to you.

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Music used in this podcast:

  • “And So It Begins” and “Easy Lemon” by Kevin MacLeod © Incompetech Inc.
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Introduction

The focus of our discussion is on the problems teams often face when no one on the team is willing to acknowledge the challenge if others don't, which we call groupthink, or because they are afraid of what the consequences might be if they do, which is fear.

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About the author | Jim Trott

Jim Trott is a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He has used object-oriented and pattern-based analysis techniques throughout his 20 year career in knowledge management and knowledge engineering. He is the co-author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, and the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams.



        

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