Ask for help

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Pain is shareable. Shared pain distributes the impact and avoids catastrophes arising from localized pain. The act of sharing creates an atmosphere of cooperation, which builds camaraderie. To ask for help is not a selfish act, it’s an essential part of teamwork.

Listen for intent

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People have their own internal motivations. Don’t assume what motivates one person motivates another. With every new person suspend judgment and listen for intent. What drives them? Also remember intent can change over time. With this knowledge you’ll be better informed in how to move forward in your relationship.

Sync up

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Use a system to keep everyone in sync. The demands of the team will determine what that system looks like. The variables will include frequency, mode, and content. Default to a 15 minute daily stand-up covering everyone’s progress and any blockers.