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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

TL;DR: The main problem is the toxic culture of the company. You can't improve the team's behavior without addressing the toxicity of the environment. You need the company's leaders' full support on ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

The team members understand perfectly how the company "works" and have no reason to change their behaviour. Why would they want to work harder for no reward just because you tell them? If the project ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

Senior Management Owns "Tone at the Top" Modern governance frameworks like COBIT, COSO, and others all describe some variation of "tone at the top". Basically, it boils down to the fact that in ...
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Temporarily adding external freelance developers to an existing developer team (aka. Hybrid Team). Pros and Cons?

The biggest problem is Brooks' Law You did not say why you are trying to add freelance developers to the small project temporarily. If your project is late and you are hoping to crash the time line, ...
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Process for tracking work external to the team?

It's great that you already have simple Kanban working for you, now probably it's time to look at it and do Value Stream Mapping Basically you visually outline whole process and how the work flows ...
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Process for tracking work external to the team?

TL;DR [W]e're also highly dependent on a lot of other teams' output - easily 1/3 of our tasks are at least potentially blocked if those other teams don't provide their pieces. Your underlying ...
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How to avoid training external consultants who hold a different agenda?

Agile is a team-based approach. I don't believe there is any way you can selectively coach or in any way differentiate between team members and still have a successful Agile working environment. ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

I do not invalidate what any of the other said and there is obviously a problem of company culture. Yet I want to jump of this particular sentence you wrote : I am putting more resources such as ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

If the environment is as you describe, there is no chance whatsoever you can change your team's dynamics for your project, not in the time frame you are supposed to finish the project. What you are ...
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How to avoid training external consultants who hold a different agenda?

I think it matters how the consultants are contracted for work. If they are contracted as time and materials and are more staff extension, then a team is a team is a team. If they are contracted to ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

Try to dig into the Bruce Tuckman's Team-Development Model. Based on it I believe that current state of your team is "storming". I won't give you any particular advice as the situation is really ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

I'm not in your shoes and I can't really judge what is happening. But as a developer, I have plenty of experience with project managers, good ones and bad ones. You have a team of developers working ...
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How to avoid training external consultants who hold a different agenda?

TL;DR This shouldn't be a coaching question. The real focus should be on how to effectively collaborate with your vendor as a business entity and with their people. It's likely that some critical ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

What jumped out at me was the continuous scope change and expansion. I think you could remedy some of the issues creating lots of milestones. Each one should be about a week or 2 long. Track - very ...
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Can client member be the part of team members at task board? how do we manage client entity in scrum?

Can the client be a member of the team? Sure! It's quite possible that the Product Owner role is taken up by someone from the client. If this is the case though, this person will have to physically be ...
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