Published: November 2015
People are happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with. Self-selecting teams give people that choice. Build well-designed and efficient teams to get the most out of your organization, with step-by-step instructions on how to set up teams quickly and efficiently. You’ll create a process that works for you, whether you need to form teams from scratch, improve the design of existing teams, or are on the verge of a big team re-shuffle.
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Discover how New Zealand’s biggest e-commerce company completely restructured their business through Self-Selection. In the process, find out how to create high-performing groups by letting people self-organize into small, cross-functional teams. Step-by-step guides, easy-to-follow diagrams, practical examples, checklists, and tools will enable you to run a Self-Selection process within your organization.
If you’re a manager who wants to structure your organization into small teams, you’ll discover why Self-Selection is the fastest and safest way to do so. You’ll prepare for and organize a Self-Selection event and make sure your Self-Selection participants and fellow managers are on board and ready. If you’re a team member, you’ll discover what it feels like to be part of a Self-Selection process and what the consequences are for your daily work. You’ll learn how to influence your colleagues and bosses to be open to the idea of Self-Selection. You’ll provide your manager with a plan for how to facilitate a Self-Selection event, and with evidence that the system works.
If you’re feeling the pain and chaos of adding new people to your organization, or just want to ensure that your teams have the right people with the right skills, Self-Selection will help you create the effective teams you need.
**What is self-selection?**
Self-selection a way of letting people choose which team to work in. It is a facilitated process of letting people self-organize into small, cross-functional teams. It is the fastest and most efficient way to form stable teams and is based on a belief that people are at their happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with.
**How is self-selection different from self-organization?**
Self-organizing teams are groups of motivated individuals who work together toward a shared goal and have the ability and authority to take decisions and readily adapt to changing demands. We like self-organizing teams, but that’s not what this book is about.
This book is about self-selection, which is a process you can use to set up self-organizing teams in the first place. Self-selection happens at an organizational level rather than at a team level and is a way to get everyone into teams. Another term for a self-selected team is a self-designed team.
**What are the advantages of self-selection?**
From the data we collected we know that self-selected teams are:
Self-selection honors the principles of trusting people to be responsible adults who can solve complex problems and organize in a way that’s best for the organization and themselves. We believe that organizations get the best results when people can choose what they work on and who they work with.
**How does self-selection work?**
Organize a session where everyone gets together and chooses which team they want to work in.
The process is iterative and facilitated and looks like the figure.
**What will people take away from reading your book?**
They will learn how to prepare for and organize a self-selection event. If they’re managers, they’ll learn how to convince their fellow managers that it’s a good idea in the first place, and how to communicate with their self- selection participants to make sure everyone is on board and ready.
Developers, testers, BAs, UXers, and anyone else who does hands-on work will learn how to influence their colleagues and bosses to be open to the idea of self-selection. They will be able to provide their bosses with a plan for how to facilitate a self-selection event and evidence that the system works.
Sandy Mamoli is an Agile enterprise coach and consultant at Nomad8 with a focus on culture and leadership. From working in Amsterdam and Copenhagen to being one of New Zealand’s leading coaches, she brings her practical European flair and passionate advocacy for all things Agile to businesses around the world. Sandy is a former Olympian, a geek, a gadget junkie, and an international public speaker.
David Mole coaches, consults, and presents about Agile processes, teams, and motivation. He recently led an Agile transformation at Trade Me where, building upon the work of Spotify’s culture, he created dozens of high-performing Agile squads. He is a highly regarded public speaker and author for InfoQ. A former professional poker player, David works for Nomad8 helping teams and organizations perform better.
Published: November 2015