CoP & Enabling Teams
Stable Teams can grow and thrive with support from Communities of Practice and Enabling Teams.
A Community of Practice or “CoP” is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals. CoPs often focus on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance a domain of professional practice. Interaction on an ongoing basis is an important part of this. A community’s specific purpose and goals inform the appropriate activities and technologies that should support it.
The key elements of a Community of Practice are:
The domain: Members are brought together by a learning need they share
The community: Their collective learning creates a bond over time
The practice: Their interactions produce resources that improve and support their practice
Enabling Teams support organizational agility and deliver value to the enterprise by working with existing Stable Teams to develop the knowledge, tools and processes needed for optimal performance.
The backlog for the Enabling Team is to teach the teams in areas such as DevOps, Customer Experience, Agile and Lean. When a need is identified at the organizational level, a baseline assessment is completed, the Enabling Team is stood up, the team builds out their skills and tool kit and then works with the Stable Teams to provide training, templates, tools and best practices. Teams then have what they need to improve.
Problems We’re Trying to Solve
- Team members become isolated, speaking mostly to the other members of their own teams and ideas do not flow across teams
- Inconsistency in standards and practices
- Teams do not have all of the expertise that they need to implement tools and improve practices
- Weak or stagnant organizational agility
- CoPs are formed by self-organizing communities and expand best practices, standards and knowledge, measured by technical excellence and quality
- Stable Teams benefit from working with Enabling Teams, measured by the success of teams in adopting the practices and tools and gaining the skills and knowledge that they are supporting