Temperaments of Teams

Nov 2nd, 2002 by Tony in QSM3

All temperaments find teamwork satisfying, but each for a different reason. The NT Visionaries, for instance, find great satisfaction in the quality that a team can produce. The SJ Organizers especially like the efficiency of well-functioning teams, while the SP Troubleshooters really enjoy the team as a crisis management tool. The NF Catalysts particularly like teams. They appreciate the communication, excitement, and hope generated by teamwork, and they especially like the way the team fosters the growth of its members.┬áSometimes, it’s critical to reduce the elapsed time to locate the fault behind certain failures. In such cases, the manager can create parallel teams working to locate the same fault.

It’s quite easy to predict the reactions of each temperament to this suggestion. NF Catalysts may resist because they fear that the “losing” teams may be embarrassed. SJ Organizers are concerned with the inefficiency of two or more teams working on the same problem. NT Visionaries sometimes feel that the “best” team ought to be left to do the job alone. SP Troubleshooters, however, seem to relish the idea of making a game out of work.

— Jerry Weinberg, Quality Software Management Vol 3, Chapter 18

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