Building team consensus with Delegation Poker

  1. It’s very important to be noted the principle: “Delegate the results, not the process.” Focus on the end outcome unless the person to whom you’re delegating is inexperienced, allow him or her to determine how best to achieve it. If you dictate exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it, you limit the learning potential, and you risk not taking proper advantage of the person’s experience.
  2. I also found out the importance of defining my role and explaining how much support I’ll provide them. You must let the colleague know whether to wait for your instructions or make independent recommendations and decisions. Often, the more authority you give, the better the end result will be and to use discretion, depending on the task and the individual. Make sure the person understands whether independent initiative is mandatory.
  3. If you try to delegate work that’s inappropriate or should be done by you, you’ll probably fail — despite your best planning and support.
  4. I found out that it’s best to ask your strongest team member to replace you, but if his style and thoughts aren’t yours, chances are the team won’t connect with him the same way as with you.
  5. I also find out it’s important to clarify your expectations and tell your colleague what to accomplish and why it’s important. When he or she knows the desired results, it’s much easier to see the “big picture” and work accordingly.
  6. Finally, with this exercise I learned that by delegating I can also learn something new from the team, so I will utilize in better way their potential, build shared responsibility between me and the team and make them fill appreciated with the bigger authority and autonomy I give them.
  1. Combine it with the tool Team Decision Matrix
  2. Change the activities and examples in the delegation poker,
  3. Will spend some more time on the team commitment and buy in process
  4. Experiment with delegation some other tasks that are time consuming for me, but can be delegated.

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