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Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

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Here’s a radical idea: Trust people to know best and let them decide which team they should work in. Let them Self-Select!

Self-selection is the simplest, fastest and most efficient way to form stable teams, based on the belief that people are at their happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with.

In October 2013, Trade Me, New Zealand’s largest eCommerce provider ran the biggest Self-Selection event in the world since WWII, using a process which has since been repeated many times in multiple locations across the world.

In this presentation I will share my learnings and experiences from more than four years of running Self-Selection processes in large organisations. I will show you a repeatable process for how to establish efficient teams in growing organisations and will answer questions such as “Why would I do that”? and “How can I convince management?”.

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Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

  1. 1. Sandy Mamoli sandy@nomad8.com @smamol Creating Great Teams How Self-Selection Lets People Excel
  2. 2. @smamol
  3. 3. @smamol
  4. 4. @smamol sandy@nomad8.com nomad8.com/self-selection
  5. 5. 5000 people 450teams 10 countries
  6. 6. 2/3rds of NZ’s domestic internet traffic 3000 Chickens per month
  7. 7. Growing Image: www.theseekersmanual.com
  8. 8. The art of team design
  9. 9. 60%more productive Rally research: h6p://bit.ly/1ITbFb2 Stable teams are
  10. 10. 60% design 30% launch 10% development Research J. Richard Hackman: h6p://bit.ly/1JSM2sl Image: h6p://www.drinksandlibaDons.com
  11. 11. Total Squadification
  12. 12. PEOPLE KNOW BEST…
  13. 13. Fear!
  14. 14. • the principle works • have 10 minute rounds • visualise Trial @smamol
  15. 15. Going all in …
  16. 16. A leap of faith for people
  17. 17. Be prepared!
  18. 18. balcony @smamol
  19. 19. Image: Henrik Kniberg Define Squads
  20. 20. • deliver end-to-end • 3-7 people • co-located Constraints @smamol
  21. 21. The big day
  22. 22. When to stop?
  23. 23. The last round
  24. 24. 15/16 Full Squads!
  25. 25. What did we learn?
  26. 26. @molio
  27. 27. It’s all about relationships! @smamol
  28. 28. Aren’t people going to start arguing and bitching? Is some poor person not going to be picked? How do you persuade management? How do you deal with people’s fears? Can you please add additional rules and constraints? @smamol
  29. 29. Aren’t people going to start arguing and bitching? @smamol
  30. 30. Is some poor person not going to be picked? @smamol
  31. 31. How do you persuade 
 management? @smamol
  32. 32. How do you deal with people’s fears? @smamol
  33. 33. Can you please add these additional rules and constraints? @smamol
  34. 34. Won’t there be really unpopular areas? @smamol
  35. 35. Liar, liar …
  36. 36. 4 years later
  37. 37. People getting happier http://nomad8.com/how-we-measure-work-happiness/
  38. 38. 45+ Squads Henrik Kniberg
  39. 39. “I joined Trade Me because I heard that I could pick my own team.” @smamol
  40. 40. months Trade Me “squadify” every … 6 @smamol
  41. 41. Know your history! @smamol
  42. 42. Why self-selection works
  43. 43. Full Buy-in
  44. 44. @smamol
  45. 45. @smamol
  46. 46. @smamol sandy@nomad8.com nomad8.com/self-selection

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