I have been working in the software industry for more than 15 years. Based on my experience in observing the teams that I have been part of, I would like to share some of the common traits of a healthy team in this blog post.
Curiosity is one of the most important trait to possess, which pushes our mind to be active and always be open for new ideas and possibilities. When we look at our lives, it generally has a tendency to recede into a monotonous way of living but it is only through curiosity that we bring excitement into our life.
Curiosity is a good starting point, which lets us move into inquiry or probing mindset, but we should augment it with continuous learning, which will help us in figuring out the answers for our questions. A healthy team will be imbued with curiosity and continuous learning mindset, and they will feed off of each other’s positive energy in expanding their knowledge and skillset in their area of expertise.
Application of what is being learnt is a very important step. In psychology, they say Use it or Lose it tendency, where in one must continuously engage in and practice an ability or risk losing it. The rubber meets the road through the application of what we have learnt. One of the famous aphorisms, Knowledge is power is very true, but Knowledge and the application of it is even more powerful. Healthy teams constantly put their knowledge to test, by applying what they have learnt into active use.