Atlassian Team Playbook: Monitor Your Team’s Health

February 23, 2018
#How To
8 min

Atlassian development and collaboration tools definitely help us monitor the health of our projects. But have you ever thought about checking the health of your team?

If you track your team health, you can understand what factors affect the mood and engagement of your team members. This way you can ensure that your team has a healthy culture and can function as effectively as possible.

Atlassian shared their best practices guide called Atlassian Team Playbook. They developed the Team Playbook to provide teams with a set of team building activities that can be vital in getting and keeping great business results.

In this blog post, we will tell you more about the step-by-step instructions suggested by Atlassian. You can use this information to get your team on track towards achieving your goals.

Health Monitors

The Atlassian team recommends to start with Health Monitors. This way you can define where your team is at the moment, why and how you got there, and what next steps to take.

The first thing you need to do is to identify your team type and choose the Health Monitor workshop accordingly:

These workshops contain direct guidelines that will give you a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a team, and will provide you with the insight into how to manage them up.

For example, if you choose the Leadership Team Health Monitor, you will need to gather your team together for a one-hour meeting. Share the Health Monitor grid with the eight attributes of healthy leadership teams. Divide the participants into small groups and ask them to rate all the attributes. When you receive the results, you can go through each attribute one by one, and ask the groups to explain their rating.

This approach will help you to assess the team’s health and focus on the things that really matter.

During the workshops you will need Atlassian blueprints that will help you to document your team’s health during the Health Monitor workshop. You can get Atlassian Team Playbook blueprints for Confluence Server or download the apps for Confluence Cloud depending on your team type:

The Health Monitor workshop allows you to take a closer look at the performance of your team.


Now when you know the major bottlenecks that are slowing down your productivity, you can choose the appropriate play that will show your team how to work better together.

For example, sometimes it is difficult to understand the real needs of your customers. In this case the Customer Interview play can help you. And if you want to get peer feedback from teammates and stakeholders, you may try the Sparring play that will help your team take your project to a new level.

For all the plays and the Team Playbook activities you will definitely need a rubber chicken! Do you want to know why? Check the Atlassian blog.

These techniques allow you to determine the root cause of your problem and find the best solution to solve it. The plays suggested by Atlassian will help your team unleash its potential.

Game Plans

Not sure which play to run? Use the game plans. They will provide you with the go-to recommendations and examples for specific use cases.

Choose the topic that fits your pain points:

To achieve better results, combine all the techniques described in this blog post. These step-by-step instructions can help you address issues, make changes, and improve engagement of your team.

What about your team?

If your employees are not enthusiastic about the work or being on the team, no process or methodology will help. So encourage your team members and keep them motivated. Do your best to identify problems early to create a healthy work environment in your organization.

Please, tell us about your way to check and evaluate your team engagement. Let us know if you find this blog post useful. You may also ask us any questions you have about Atlassian Team Playbook. Feel free to comment below.

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