Agile frameworks often times focus way too much on the process and role side of collaboration. But ultimately, your product won't only succeed because of following a given process, but when you can channel the motivations of your peers into meaningful work.
To support you on that quest, I created the Agile Peer Canvas. It combines the process and empathy component of agile collaboration for a holistic perspective of your peers. The canvas thereby supports you in building a team dynamic based on empathy and clarity.
And ultimately, it's also detached from ever changing environmental factors like SCRUM, LeSS etc. to let you focus on the permanent factors of a successful team.
If you consider this canvas useful because of your current challenges in being a lateral leader, you should also take a look at my fourthcoming book on lateral leadership.
Schedule a workshop with a set of peers who form a cross-functional team on a regular basis. Whether it’s a task force to tackle a new legal regulation or a ‘classic’ SCRUM team.
Ask them to prepare at least 2-3 items per section of the Agile Peer Canvas.
To lead by example and lower the hurdles to get started, you can share your own Canvas in advance.
When you meet for the workshop, everyone shares their self-perceived Canvas first with the rest of the team (agree on making this a safe space beforehand). To create a more holistic perspective, the team members have the time to suggest additional attributes for the Canvas of the presenter and can share it with her. The reason you want to keep this a two-sided conversation is that it’s not only about sharing your own thoughts but also gathering feedback from your peers on how they perceive you.
A more strategic use of these Agile Peer Canvas insights follows the scheme of Stakeholder Mapping. Using a matrix-like framework, you can visualize team members (or peers, depending on the environment you’re looking at) using this background for their objectives. For example, who has a more impersonal relationship to their work environment and will therefore also intervene and discuss conflicts on a more objective level? This could be in contrast to team members who bring more emotional buy-in to the table and are more likely to start a heated discussion that is related to their personal objectives.
If you're looking for more practical guiding through leveraging the Agile Peer Canvas for your role as a lateral leader, take a look at my lateral leadership training offerings.