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Everyone deserves a perfect score

Skills for collaboration 3.0

Being a good team player is essential in delivering under pressure.  Knowing what to do, when to do it and why are critical demonstrations of individual competency too often dissolved into the melange of ‘teamwork’.

Collaborating in today’s environment is as much performance art as it is a team sport, and like both of these activities it depends on whole hearted engagement.

Depending on the role you play in the team, you’ll often be asked to contribute – and if you’re in a good team – to take the starring role from time to time.

And this is where things can get messy – what if standing up and taking centre stage is not your thing?

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t participate – it just means that you need to engage others to show off your mastery of the 3Dub.*

From the team leader perspective, understanding your performers (which is really what everyone in the workforce is) is vital. This is where tools like the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) can give critical insights for managing the stars in your team.

Often overlooked in the stampede to apply the skill levels is the first half of the SFIA framework – the generic capabilities.  This half alone can help to profile a highly skilled personality by showing their preferred working styles, and from that any team leader can work out how best to support individual levels of personal capability.

Of course, it doesn’t excuse the need to apply common sense and any team leader, scrum master, project manager should be aware of the need to address the personal capabilities of their team members to ensure they can shine in their 3Dub moment.

*3Dub is the ‘what to do, when to do it and why’ moment that is the test of absolute competence that comes to all at some – or several – points in a delivery scenario.  Failure is an option, but then so is stepping up first.