Most of us are very familiar with the MVP phenomena, a Minimum Viable Product. A product in its minimum form, as lean as possible. In other words, start building with the smallest form of your desired product. The Lean Startup and the Agile Methodology have made this MVP term common understanding. Good to start small, get experienced and grow bigger.
That is what you also want for a team. Imagine, starting as a small team with the most important ingredients of a successful team. From then on, building your team based on the experience you get with each other. Your MVT, Minimum Viable Team.
In a self managed organisation, the success of the company depends on the success of the teams within. So a team is one of the key success factors. You want to handle that with care and do what it takes to make them successful.
What steps to take for the practice
1. COMMON PURPOSE
A common vision on the world is what brings the team together. That’s where it all starts. Why did we form this group in the first place? With that vision (or purpose) you create a goal you want to achieve.
2. CLEAR ROLES
Who plays which role in the team? The team is responsible and accountable for everything. So you have to think about all things needed to make it a success.
3. MINIMUM NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
With fewer then 3 team members it is hard to call yourselves a team. So, 3 is the bear minimum. You are still very vulnerable for the world around you and it’s hard to divide the roles I wrote about above.
4. BALANCED PERSONALITIES
You need to have the right balance of personalities in order to complement each other in the team. Recently, Harvard Business Review wrote about the personalities in a team with the goal of ‘Team Chemistry’.
5. MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
You have a goal and/or a common purpose. Now the complete team should be focused on getting to that goal, the best way possible.
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