IT Team Training and Development Ideas

IT (information technology) professionals are a unique breed and I’ve been lucky to lead team trainings with some of the best IT teams in the world – Microsoft, Gillette, Kaplan, it’s a long list.

Characteristics of IT Teams

Here are some characteristics that I have noticed are especially strong in IT teams: customer focus, team-focus, tough-mindedness, drive, vision, and conscientiousness. I often get asked by IT team leaders what team building programs are especially effective for IT teams. Here are some characteristics of the best, most effective team building activities for IT teams.

Five Characteristics of most effective team training and development activities for IT teams

  1. Success is dependent on teams working together
  2. Intellectually challenging
  3. Strong basis in data
  4. Customer service component
  5. Clear goal (and it will take a number of steps to get there)

What Team Training and Team Development Activities I Suggest for IT teams (and What Has Been Popular with IT teams)

StrengthsFinder – Gallup’s online assessment of unique top five strengths. Learn your team’s strengths and learn how to put them into action.

MBTI Team Quest – Discover and leverage the various ways your people make decisions, strategize and access information, using this organizational standard. Team members begin to recognize the strengths that other types bring to the team, and the power that comes from multiple types working together.

Resiliency: Five Keys to Success – Leverage the five principles of resiliency – engagement, efficiency, endurance, flexibility, and loving the game – for peak work performance and enjoyment.

Influence: The Power of Persuasion – How can we consistently capture an audience, effectively make a point and carry everyone along toward a goal? How can we influence an outcome, even if we’re not in a position of authority?

Customer Quest – What does it take to set a standard of excellence in customer care? What does the customer really want and how can you provide it for them?

You can find a full menu of team training activities that Quixote Consulting provides here.

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