The point of working together is because the sum of everyone’s work is superior than each individual work. More gets done in a shorter time. The point of working together is to bring together the different skills required for a complex project.
This blog post I will discusses group psychology, which is a field of study that can be valuable to leaders and managers. Software development is about cooperation between humans so this will be an an indispensable section of this book.
No group ever becomes a team until it holds itself accountable as a team.
“The wisdom of teams” by Jon R. Katzenbach
What is a Group?
A group is more than a bunch of people; they have common interests. A group consists of two or more people who are socially related. The more interaction there is within a group, the more influence members have on others, potentially leading to changes in their attitudes and behaviors. After working together, norms and values are developed within the group. There is something that distinguishes the group from others. Some call it team spirit, a group members could describe it like this group have specific norms and values. Let’s visualize two people (A and B) who have some kind of relation (C).
The more (A) and (B) add to the relation (C) the greater and more important the relationship (C) becomes. If both (A) and (B) think they deserve to get more from (C) than what they each contribute to it, the lesser the relationship (C) becomes.
A friend told me why he broke up with his girlfriend: “I didn’t get enough from the relationship, there was nothing left between us anymore so we had to break up!”. It’s when 1 + 1 equals more than 2 a
than required, the group feels a stronger bond and shares a common vision.
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