Local Agile whizzes: How to build a great team

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People are happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with, say NZ Agile coaches Sandy Mamoli & David Mole.

“Our new book, Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel, gives people that choice, and shows how to build well-designed and efficient teams to get the most out of your organisation, 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.

The book reveals how Trade Me, NZ’s largest ecommerce company, completely restructured their business through Self-Selection. As you read through the detailed case study, you’ll find out how to create high-performing groups by letting people self-organise 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 organisation.

“If you’re a manager who wants to structure your organisation into small teams, you’ll discover why Self-Selection is the fastest and safest way to do so,” the writers say. “You’ll prepare for and organise 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 organisation, 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. This book will help you make your changes successful.”

It costs US$17 (NZ$27) from Amazon.

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