Ask for help

Yesterday I sent my new column to the editor of Bits & Chips magazine. The column deals with asking for help since it enables us to tackle problems earlier and easier. In order to do so you need to have a good social climate in your team. A question for help should not be received with boo and bah’s. It’s not about individuals that need to know-all, the real goal is that you perform as a team.

Much has been written about successful teams. Everyone knows Meredith Belbin’s Roles and Edward de Bono with his six hats. These models provide insight into the team composition. However, they do not express the culture that exists within organizations or teams. And this determines to a large extend,  whether team members actually dare to pop the help question.

Nice surprise this week is the column by Naomi Karten who writes about a similar topic. She states: ” Many people think asking for help is a sign of weakness. They’re wrong, though. Asking for help is actually a sign of strength, an indication that you’re willing to admit you can’t know everything and do everything yourself.”

My column will not be released this week, but Naomi Karten’s blog is available at the Techwell site.

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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