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Creating Great Teams

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Creating Great Teams
    1. For the Best Reading Experience...
    2. Table of Contents
    3. Early praise for Creating Great Team s: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Foreword
    6. Introduction: Self-Selection and Why You Should Care
      1. What Is Self-Selection?
      2. Why Should You Care?
      3. We’ve Done It, and So Can You
      4. Who Are We?
      5. What Problem Did We Need to Solve?
    7. Chapter 1: The Art of Stable Team Design
      1. Today’s Work Demands Stable Teams
      2. The Need for Speed
      3. The Science Behind Team Design
      4. What Next?
    8. Chapter 2: Preparing for a Self-Selection Event
      1. Self-Selection at Scale
      2. Step 1: Conduct a Readiness Check
      3. Step 2: Run a Trial
      4. Step 3: Get Permission
      5. Step 4: Define the Teams to Select
      6. Step 5: Coordinate Logistics
      7. Step 6: Communicate Early and Often
      8. What Next?
    9. Chapter 3: Getting Ready for the Day
      1. Step 1: Define the Rules and Constraints
      2. Step 2: Create a Facilitation Plan
      3. Step 3: Prepare Frequently Asked Questions
      4. Step 4: Prepare Materials and Stationery
      5. What Next?
    10. Chapter 4: Running a Self-Selection Event
      1. Step 1: Set Up the Room
      2. Step 2: Welcome People as They Arrive
      3. Step 3: Introduce the Day
      4. Step 4: Let Product Owners Pitch
      5. Step 5: Explain the Rules
      6. Step 6: Get people started: One, Two, Three, G o!
      7. Step 7: Conduct a Checkpoint Review
      8. Step 8: Rinse and Repeat
      9. Step 9: Tackle the Outstanding Problems
      10. Step 10: Wrap Up
      11. What Next?
    11. Chapter 5: After Self-Selection: Now What?
      1. Making It Real
      2. Defining Squad Start Dates
      3. Kicking Off a New Squad
      4. Supporting Squads
      5. What Not To Do
      6. What Next?
    12. Chapter 6: Insights
      1. People Appreciate Self-Selection
      2. Relationships Are the Deciding Factor
      3. People Respond Well to This Level of Trust
      4. What Next?
    13. Chapter 7: Long-Term Effects of Self-Selection
      1. The Effect on Happiness
      2. The Effect on Squads
      3. The Effect on Managers
      4. The Effect on Productivity
      5. The Effect on the Company
      6. Now It’s Your Turn
      7. What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?
    14. Bibliography
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