Five Guiding Principles for Designing a Team

Once you figure out the logic of designing a team, you can start looking for the guiding principles that can align with the logic you need.

Here are five suggestions:

Growth by design, not by happenstance

Junior-level practitioners can always learn and growth, with or without mentoring. Senior practitioners can always coach and mentor.

Support by design, not by happenstance

Clear responsibility and power structure is established for each task, with guaranteed support for every task owner.

Expectation by design, not by happenstance

Everyone knows exactly to what to expect from each other in terms of coordination, cooperation and collaboration. Everyone knows how to address incidents and edge-case scenarios.

Collaboration by design, not by happenstance

Proactive collaboration is an expectation and aspiration, instead of a mere requirement.

Flexibility by design, not by happenstance

Every team member’s experience, expertise and capacity are dynamically channeled to where they are needed the most according to the team’s priorities.

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