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Storming Agile Teams

Techniques for helping Agile Teams navigate through the Storm and get Norming ready

About the Book

This workbook contains a set of tools and techniques to help Scrum Masters, Facilitators, Agile Coaches and Agile Practitioners when Storming teams. It has been created mainly to share the artifacts and techniques that I’ve developed from what I’ve learned, the challenges that I’ve faced and how I’ve got through it when helping teams navigathe through the Storming phase of their journey; I hope you get inspired to create your own version of these tools and I wish the techniques that I’m sharing here would bring new perspectives to your journey.

Wishing you all the best


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About the Author

Jesus Mendez
Jesus Mendez

Jesus is passionate about helping people with finding ways to reach their highest potential by offering the gift of coaching. A Continuous Improvement agent, who has spent the past seven (7) years observing, trying and experimenting with software development/IT Operations and non IT teams, several tools, games, activities and processes to help them and their organizations to walk through the stages of the group development theory proposed by Bruce W. Tuckman.

Table of Contents

Storming Agile Teams

  • About the workbook
  • Introduction
  • Bruce Wayne Tuckman’s Theory of group development.

But, how have we got here?

Is these enough to tell that a team has entered the Storming phase?

  • Challenges on this stage

Why is so important to help a team to move out of this stage?

How would this workbook help you with it?

  • Our role in this stage of the team’s journey

Techniques & Storming Stories

  • Recognizing a team in the Storming phase
  • Change takes time

0. Connecting with the team (the beginnings)

  • Building a path of T.R.U.S.T

1. Iteration Planning

1.1 Collaboration agreements

2. Daily Sync

2.1 Make issues visible to the whole team

2.2 Communication styles

2.2 Active listening

3. Helping the team to focus during the iteration

3.1 Clarifying Roles, Power and Structure

3.2 Conflict Management & Resolution

4. Product Backlog Refinement 

4.1 Advanced facilitation techniques

4.2 Sharing responsibility

5. Iteration Review

5.1 Sharing responsibility

5.2 Reaching common goals

6. Iteration Retrospective (Tools and Exercises)

6.1 Building Trust

6.2 Expectations & More

6.3 Intrinsic motivators

6.4 Problem solving for Agile teams

6.5 It’s ok to be vulnerable

7. Outside the iteration

7.1 Role modeling

7.2 Inspiring dysfunctional behavior change

7.3 Uncovering hidden issues through observation and crucial conversations


  • Moving to the Norming Stage
  • Glossary
  • Table of figures
  • References
  • About the Author
  • Stay in touch
  • What’s next

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