The main idea of anti-pattern cards was to create a tool for teams which teach them to deal with issues around trust.
To help a team or whole organization overcome the trust trap, I crafted a set of anti-pattern cards. I was starting to collect a trust anti-patterns and today I’d like to present you my list.
- Distortion of information
- Mistrust leads to mistrust
- Undercover games
- Break schedule
- Conflict in behavior
- Withholding information and context
- Talking behind someone’s back
- Lack of commitment
- Lack of onetime communication
- Unclear communication
- Strong rules
- Public punishment
- Being dishonest
- Cronyism and favorites
- Lack of competency
- Lack of respect
- Delegation of errors and mistakes
- Lack of responsibility
- Reporting (specially daily)
- Work of competitors (espionage)
- Useless KPI
- Internal competition
- Lie and betray
- Unhealthy competition
- Unrealistic expectation
- Negative feedback
- Annual performance review
Let’s consider how you might use it below.
Cluster on wall/flip-chart
- Pick up a few anti-pattern cards that you need to consider.
- Give participants the opportunity to generate any ideas around it (silent brainstorm).
- Stick cards to the wall using tape.
- Map post-its around them.
- Look at them and discuss solutions.
Team Trust Grid
Use the cards as the headlines in a grid. Utilise it to consider different aspects and perspectives (for example from manager side, team and etc). Each column might represent ideas of how to handle this anti-pattern.
Use flip-chart (or sticky tape) on walls to create timelines. Let the timeline demonstrate your team life cycle. During the sprint (or project) team members can put a card on the timeline when he/she faces any issues. Then you will discuss it during retrospectives.
Do you have any ideas how to apply it? Or maybe you have your own set of trust anti-patterns? Please, send to me or share it.