The book Tribal Leadership introduces five stages that represent a range of behaviors that tribes (ie.: groups of 20 or more people) act and think together. These stages range from Stage 1 where “Life Sucks!” to Stage 5 where “Life is Great!”. Most software development teams (and most workplaces) live in the three stages in between.

This talk takes the Tribal Leadership stages and applies them the agile software development teams. Participants will learn how to recognize the current stage of their team and will also learn some basic strategies to help team members grow to another stage which in turn helps the team attain a different stage.

The talk is split in three parts, the first part introduces participants to the Tribal Leadership stages. In the second part, through a simple interactive game called “Guess that Tribal Stage”, participants will see many examples of how to recognize the stage of their teams through the language they may use in the various Scrum meetings. In the final part of the talk, participants will get some basic tips on how to coach their teams evolve through the stages.

This talk is geared towards Scrum Masters, Project Managers, Development managers or anyone else interested in team building who is looking for a different way to better understand the teams they are working with.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this talk, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the five cultural stages
  • Recognize the dominant cultural stage in their teams
  • Build functional triads in their teams

Target Audience

This talk is geared towards:

  • Scrum Masters
  • Project Managers
  • Development managers
  • Agile coaches
  • Team coaches
  • Anyone else interested in team building or looking for a different way to better understand the teams they are working with.