This idea came about as a result of speaking with an interesting guy, Andreas, who is doing his MSc and working in an IT company and starting to learn about and use Scrum. Smart cookie. Anyway here are my top tips for working in intercultural teams and organisations.
- Keep an open mind recognise cultures often differ on values, ethics and drivers
- Take a broad perspective focusing on people, solving problems and building trust
- Be sensitive and consideratewhen in other’s countries, regardless of your role there
- Local knowledge for example holidays, festivals, customs, the capacity for chit chat, weather
- Local executive sponsorship involve senior people on the ground who can make a real difference
I believe most of the so called traits of any particular group (or strengths as I like to call them) can be hugely beneficial to teams. I would add that every team is different and often generalisation in isolation is dangerous.
So what about those German strengths (or stereotypes)?
Detail and structure are particularly good at providing rigor and courage for any team – Agile or not.