Teams are the basic
building block of
business organizations.

Sixty-eight percent of the Fortune 1000 companies are using teams that can manage themselves. Research suggests that shifting toward a team-based organizational model improves performance, often significantly. However, many organizations struggle with team performance. Teams don’t deliver the expected value, don’t meet deadlines, underperform, are disengaged, or require extensive management.

In The Art of Teams, Ralph van Roosmalen introduces the TOTA model with six crucial components for teams to create value—based on academic research, existing models, and his 24+ years of experience.

Successful teams have clarity, care about the results, understand their impact, have valuable conflicts, experience trust, and are reliable.

The Art of Teams describes why these components are essential and how to implement them while sharing many supportive tools and practices.

This book is a must-read for every professional working with or in a team, like scrum masters, agile coaches, team leads, project managers, managers, and team members who want to support their teams in becoming high-performing.
"What a joy to read this lucidly written account of the numerous aspects of the premier building block of doing complex work today: working as teams."

DAAN VAN OSCH, Software Talent Manager

"In this book, Ralph shows his vast experience in the art of leading teams. He looks at different models, combing those in the new TOTA model."
"The book is very practical and easy to read. I specifically enjoyed the Reflection sections at the end of each chapter"

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Ralph van Roosmalen

Ralph van Roosmalen is devoted to helping teams create value while experiencing happiness at work. With more than 24 years of experience in international management roles—such as scrum master, agile coach, VP software development, and change manager—Ralph is the founder of The Art of Teams community, former CEO of Management 3.0, and speaker.

He is the author of many blog posts and books, like Doing It—Management 3.0 Experiences and 40 Ideas to Spice Up Your Retrospective.

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