How Teams Remain Agile in Their Forced Shift to Remote Work

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Our mission at Teambeo is to make teams awesome by helping teamleaders create a safe space in their workplaces

Before COVID-19 took over, it was all about retaining great talent by supporting modern teams (flexible, diverse, and remote-friendly). Now, with the pandemic, it’s more around survival: psychological safety should be the first checkbox that managers should tick to remain productive and agile, especially for the ones who were forced (out of the blue) to operate remotely.

In order to better serve our community, we analyzed metrics (non-personal identifiable information) from our most active early adopters between March 1st and May 25th and found some trends, validated by qualitative insights.

Teams are coming together

The top keywords associated with a positive connotation (according to our proprietary health system), in that time frame, were “teamwork”, “communication”, and “monitoring”. Overall, morale/satisfaction indicators for those teams look like a U shape: they encountered difficulties during the peak of the pandemic in late March, and their morale grew back to where it was at a similar pace (in a matter of three weeks). Looks like our users are coming together in these challenging times and over-communicating – something crucial while being physically distant.

Agile practices are suffering

What do keywords like “backlog”, “sprint”, “tasks” have in common? They were all associated with a negative connotation by our user base in that time frame. The teams we work with are, indeed, struggling when it comes to agile practices. They may have to be adapted to times like these. As much important as they are, however, it’s comforting to see that teams are getting back to their “safe spaces” – a cornerstone of agile – as a first step.

Cool. What about Teambeo?

Yes, with COVID-19 we had over 20% week-over-week (during the timeframe mentioned above) growth in the number of signups. People are, indeed, looking for remote tools to help them transition to a new normal where social distance isn’t a right, but an obligation. Bear in mind that no tool can be successful if foundational pieces such as trust and psychological safety aren’t in place.

We are happy to see our early adopters weathering the storm and we hope to expand our community to more and more team leads who care about putting people first. If you aren’t using our product, get started for free below.

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