Team Dynamics and Mindset

For the third week’s reading, I chose to read the pattern, Unleash Your Enthusiasm. This pattern is about handling the excitement of being a software developer once you join a team. Joining a team brings responsibilities such as considering how the team functions. The enthusiasm you bring into the team could be accepted or rejected. Depending on what happens, you are required to handle it correctly. For example, being overly enthusiastic could potentially backfire such as making a bad impression in front of a well-established team that is currently low on morale. For teams open to excitement, you can be yourself, as they are accepting of possible ideas and creativity you could bring. This type of environment allows yourself to throw ideas with very little to lose as well. By being a newcomer, it’s said that you are in a unique position of having a fresh perspective for the team. As with any team, improvements and suggestions can be made by all members, as such, your opinion also matters.

What I found interesting about this pattern is the excerpt about a study on the collective mind of aircraft carrier crews. The conclusion of the research was that its healthier for a team to having people of all levels of experience. This is true in a sense that if you have a team of all veterans, it’s very easy to be in a mindset where you could do no wrong. While incorporating members that have less experience, the veterans would benefit from reviewing basic information that they could potentially overlook or forget. As such, new comers do have a unique role as stated earlier in the pattern. Another interesting part of this pattern would be the action it proposes. It seems to be assessing the thought process in rejecting an idea you have before getting opinions from those you are suggesting it to. By surfacing the scrapped idea and presenting it to said person/group, the individual could learn more about their idea and maybe more. Taking risks is apart of life and sometimes proposing ideas aren’t as risky if you benefit from learning from your peers.

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