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The Most Memorable of Teams

Six Characteristics of an Effective and Memorable Team

Few weeks ago, I was at an off-site meeting. As part of warm up exercise, all attendees were ask to talk about their most memorable team experience.

As I took notes, a pattern began to emerge. Following characteristic came up again and again:

  1. Laser focus on execution

  2. Coming together of different personalities

  3. Lack of clear direction

  4. Do or Die situations

  5. There to create something

  6. Knew their strengths and limitations

So looks like if diversity, ambiguity on how to achieve the goals, focus, do/die, clear purpose for the team and for team-members are present, it is a memorable experience.

One more thing to note: not all projects were success. The products/projects may have failed, but the participants felt the teams were at their possible best.

This raises some interesting questions:

  • If such conditions are created, will any team become highly effective?
  • Or, is this non-commutative?


Image: Bernard Goldbach

Dinker Charak

Dinker has over a decade of experience in building products across diverse domains such as Industrial Automation, Home Automation, Operating Systems, High Energy Particle Physics, Embedded Systems, Online Video Advertising, Messaging, K-12 education and Private Banking. He also founded Gungroo Software. He books '#ProMa: Product Management Tools, Methods & Some Off-the-wall Ideas' and 'The Neutrinos Are Coming and Other Stories' are available globally. He also manages, an Indian Sci-fi portal.

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