The Culture Code talks about how great teams have great, painful bonding activities. Take this quote, for example:
One of the best things I’ve found to improve a team’s cohesion is to send them to do some hard, hard training. There’s something about hanging off a cliff together, and being wet and cold and miserable together, that makes a team come together.Dave Cooper, Navy SEAL
I’ve thought a lot about this for software development. What’s an engineering team’s version of “hanging off a cliff together, and being wet and cold and miserable together”?
Is it a major site outage? A near-impossible deadline? A marathon mob programming session on a really intense bug? Or maybe it’s not related to the job at all. Maybe an engineering team can go to an offsite where they’re literally wet and cold and miserable.
Got any suggestions? Email me.