Unleash the Power of Your Teams

Want to stop leaking value? Start gathering team data.

Do you know how your organization’s teams are getting work done? Do you know how much value they’re producing each day? What about the factors that are driving their success — or failure? If you can’t answer these questions, and provide numbers to back up your answers, chances are you’re leaving productivity and profit on the table every single day.

In today’s rapidly evolving business environment, where teams are formed and reformed fluidly in order to get work done, most leaders have very little idea of what their company’s team structure looks like, how work is getting done, or how value is being generated (or depleted) — even as they remain responsible for creating that value.

If that’s you, you’re not alone. And it’s not your fault. 

When researching what makes for team success, hard numbers and concrete advice are hard to find. This topic has been well researched, but the results are conceptual and difficult to implement, requiring significant cultural change without evidence of results. Most discouragingly, though research agrees on some common qualities of successful teams, what actually makes for consistent team success and failure is different for each company, and changes based on factors like industry, product and business model.

The damaging result of this is that when you want to know what makes the difference between your teams succeeding or failing (creating or draining value), you only have a few options: guess (really), rely on tribal knowledge, or slog through historical data to come up with stale numbers. This leads to decision lag and an inefficient and costly trial-and-error approach, leaving leaders vulnerable and resulting, ultimately, in missed value.

If this is sounding all too familiar, don’t panic. You can get a true grip on what’s happening in your teams, and where you can drive productivity and value across your organization.

“One of the hardest things for technology leaders and managers today, is that there’s plenty of data out there, but it’s hard to get a clear idea of what’s driving team success. Even if you’re not starting from scratch, the products and tools available just aren’t designed to show you what’s important,” says Kevin Tuskey, SingleStone’s Director of Design. 

Suzanne Hawthorne, Account Director and Client Advisor at SingleStone agrees: “Even our most technologically advanced clients are struggling in this space. Measuring team success across an entire enterprise is tough, but it’s crucial to today’s leadership if they want to make the quick, data-driven decisions that will help their company get ahead. It’s the void in this critical area that drove us to create Slingshot.” 

Slingshot, SingleStone’s team intelligence product, takes the guesswork out of what makes a company’s Agile teams successful. Instead of merely showing the HR structure of an organization, it shows how a company’s cross-functional teams are organized in a simple, easy-to-use system. Slingshot provides data-based decisions to drive how to get work done and create value. In short, it’s built to capture the data that helps a company and its leadership pinpoint, measure and unleash untapped productivity in their Agile organization.

“Before Slingshot, there was nothing like this available in the marketplace for our clients, and it was a huge gap,” says Hawthorne. “This product is designed to help our clients do three things: Gain a clear line of sight to the way work gets done in their company, capture straightforward data on the factors that contribute to team success, and uncover trends and insights that drive confident action and proactive decision-making.”

If you are struggling to gain line of sight to your Agile organization, or to make the data-driven decisions that will take your company to the next level, SingleStone can help. Our consultants and technology teams bring more than 20 years of experience in the areas of data, software, team success and Agile transformation. Our custom dashboards power decision making at many Fortune 500 companies in financial services and other industries. Slingshot is a direct result of our collective experience and track record.

Make 2019 your year to get on track and unleash the hidden potential of your teams with Slingshot. Reach out to learn more about our team intelligence product and schedule a free demo.