As a Trekkie 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?
One thought on “Star Trek, a model for Agility”
Dude, have another helping of cheese! They always run into disaster after mission planning thereby illustrating the complete and utter waste of time that is mission playing. As far as I am concerned, strap on your boots and yell YEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Remember, no battle plan survives contact with the enemy! 🙂