Building and maintaining a great team playbook is the single most impactful thing you can do to ensure high organizational clarity and operational excellence within your team over time. Here's how you do it.
The term playbook originates from American sports. In its original context, the playbook was a physical notebook containing a sports team's strategies and plays.
In more recent years, playbooks have been digitized and adopted by business teams in order to cultivate a high performance mindset and culture similar to that of professional athletes.
A team playbook is a description of how a team organizes its work and what they have realized about their work so far.
It explains where the team is going, how it plans to get there and how the team is doing.
Team playbooks exist to
In short, team playbooks exist to shape healthy and high-performing teams.
A great team playbook contains the insight that every high-performing team needs:
Who we help
Roles and responsibilities
Skillsets and skills
Insights and best practices
Systems and information
The most impactful traits of a great playbook can be grouped into three main categories:
Accessibility means having a digital team playbook platform where team insights are easily available to both team members, leaders and stakeholders.
When the playbook is digitally available:
Accountability helps us to make sure that the playbook gives an accurate representation of how work is actually done, and keeps us in sync with team expectations.
When a playbook is accountable:
Uniformity means organizing the team playbook around a best practice template reused across different types of teams.
When different teams use the same playbook template:
Building and maintaining a great team playbook has significant and long-lasting consequences for team morale, identity and performance.
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