• Successful teams come from successful people

    • Jobs, Musk, Zuck
  • What makes the diffence between successful teams and normal teams.

    • Google Project Aristotle researched this.

      • Team A: very structured

      • Team B: very loose

      • Google found it does not matter.

    • Google found teams that talk a lot are successful. “Psychological Safety”

      • Clear structure

      • Same mindset

        • Supported by the larger org.

        • COmpeling direction

        • Supportive context

        • SHared mindest

    • Have a vision: 2 year plan. Within that, have “themes” to say what’s important. Within that Focus areas, for example, “we’re going to build a mobile app”. Helps people orgaize around. Within that, all of it has to be measured.

      • V T F M


  • Objective Key Results (OKR)

    • Objective (not as in vs Subjective, rather as in goal). It’s an agile story.

    • Key results (1000 dailt user)

    • Score 0.7 (700 users)

  • Stretch goals.

  • Audit quarterly.

  • Not too many objectives, with two or three key results.

    • Make goals transparent for everyone.

Strong Structure

  • Have a common language. Analogy, making a film, but the actors, lighting, sound, all sit in different room.

  • Cross functional teams

    • Help the developers understand why a particular design was chosen

    • Faster + Stronger decisions.

  • Develop strong teams

    • FIKA drink coffee together, exchange ideas, allow things to be shared outside of the stress of the regular grind.

    • Conference Video Fridays

    • Team refreshments

      • Getting stuff done days. Work on docs.

      • Innovation weeks, every six weeks hackathon.

    • Small things, say thanks, give compliments. Kudos system.

    • Welcoming culture for onboarding. Handholding the new members. Have a budy system.

  • Trello, acquired by Atlassian, Showed video.

Supportive Context

  • Knowledge sharing

    • documents, 1:1s, meetings, email: closed systems

    • better: Intranet, Chat,

      • Your team space

      • Company information

      • Pesonal spaces

    • Open by default, but of course can be closed.

  • Keep decision log, but allow corrections, allow marking obsolete.

  • Make services discoverable, but as much as possible self-service.

Shared Mindset

  • Bug fix rotation, helps share the mindset

  • Feature creation rotation.

    • Get a feature buddy.

Doing things right

  • Process is good for that.

  • But it is also important to do the right things.

  • Recognize that teams can be very structured or very chaotic. Create a team playbook.

    • Looks like design patterns for team activities

Right people + Right tools + right practices = great team