When teams are working well and firing on all cylinders, you don’t want to mess with them. But what happens when two such teams are merged into one for the duration of a project? In this experiment we did just that, and what we stumbled upon was a bit surprising – and inspiring!
In this report we begin by exploring why mixing things up from time to time can be valuable opportunities for mentoring, improving work practices, rejuvenating spirits, and let’s not forget – meeting that aggressive deadline. We then dive into the recipe we found to make the experiment work (for example, that the teams should each bring unique value to the project while having at least some overlapping skill sets and work practices, that both teams should have similar Agile work practices and be ready to compromise, and that individual roles should be clearly defined from the start). Finally, we share retrospective feedback from team members highlighting the positive experience.