When building a new team, do not create an empty team. Instead grow an existing team to a larger size and then bud the two teams off 1. Build diverse teams, in terms of structure and seniority. Ideally you would want a team of Juniors and Mids, with 1-2 seniors playing an advisory. Treat work as an ability to challenge and grow a team. Do not just shunt hard problems to senior / experienced individuals.
While crafting a team, be wary of putting individuals above the team. Be wary of splitting people across projects / teams, the switching costs and project overhead of multiple projects will result in less aggregate work being delivered2.
- As a rule of thumb, teams should be about 6-8 during steady state 1.
- Experienced leaders can lead approximately 5-7 people