A happy and healthy agile team can impact their ability to deliver high-quality software and meet customer needs. The question of course is how do you know if your team is happy? How do you keep on top of this and how can you track team happiness over time?
An agile team health check can be a simple tool that lets you pick the key dimensions (or criteria) of health that matters most to the organization. Spotify, Atlassain, Google are just some of the companies that share their health check models and help to popularize this concept.
Infi, a Dutch software company, used TeamRetro to shape their own health check model that used a range of dimensions specific to their values, culture, team goals and organizational requirements.
Based on this set of criteria, this crew of developers initially ran verbal meetings in which each person responded to their model each week.
However, this can be hard to track efficiently so they went to the next level. Capturing this information with an agile team health check tool meant that they could capture that data quickly. They then used TeamRetro’s API to build that own API that displayed their health check data on their office TV screens. This meant that the data was always visible and highlighted the organization’s commitment to supporting happy, productive teams.
Here, Software Developer Martijn Groeneveldt, shares their story… and their link to Github so you can try out the dashboard for yourself.