Star Trek, a model for Agility
As a Tekkie I’m prone to watching reruns of old Star Trek episodes from time to time and I started seeing many similarities between an agile approach to “getting things done” and the way the crew of the Enterprise work. Yes, granted, it’s a militaristic structure but that’s not to say you can’t still be agile:
- Crew members exhibit a general knowledge of most fields, with expertise in a particular field (see how well the bridge crew interchange roles during disaster situations where members go down).
- Away teams are generally cross functional based on the task at hand, and usually range in size from 3 to 7.
- The Captain issues orders (“what”) but relies on the crew member(s) to execute them (“how”), and does not interfere unless further clarity is needed.
- There is a deep level of trust and respect between crew members.
- There is constant collaboration, communication channels are constantly open from anywhere on the ship (and off).
- They celebrate their victories and learn from their mistakes, and adapt as needed.
- At any point in time, the crew is working on whatever will add the most “value” to the mission (work is prioritized).
- There is an understanding that collaborative teamwork is the way to success.
- There is a good work/life balance, even on a Starship.
- The crew are passionate about their roles.
- Mission planning sessions only plan enough to get the mission going, and are then adapted on the way.
Any other Trekkies out there see similarities I’ve missed?