Last night we hosted the Berlin Scrum Meetup at idealo and had an inspiring presentation about the value of teams diversity presented by Kristina Mueller and Petra Stuehler. With this post I’ll share some insights from that session.

Update 01.05.2016 – Slides are now available too

 

Why

Why should you consider diversity for your teams?

Kristina and Petra showed some important areas like innovation, recruiting, motivation, productivity and efficiency, learning from other perspectives,… (see more on the 2 following pictures) where adding diversity has a positive influence.

WhyOne

WhyTwoHow

Based on the book Diverse Teams at Work – Capitalizing on the power of diversity one can consider 4 layers/dimensions of diversity – personality, internal dimensions, external dimensions and organizational dimensions (see picture below for details of all layers).

4layers

 

Using that rich set of diversity areas one can build a map of the team’s current diversity. Petra and Kristina presented a great map of a former team constellation (see picture below).

diversityMap

By building that map the team can learn a lot about

  • their current solution scope
  • what knowledge areas they cover
  • why they behave differently or share common approaches
  • weaknesses for missing pieces (that can be addressed by either hiring or growing knowledge to add a special diversity)

Kristina and Petra showed their usage of that map to derive their teams service portfolio.

servicePortfolio

And their derived teams commonalities.

commonalities

To Learn

toLearn

 

Further readings

Thanks to Kristina and Petra for sharing your insights about the value of diversity in teams. Thanks to Ioana Buliga and Gerald Weith for organizing the event and to Lisbeth and Marco for preparing a great host environment.