This session is about self-selection – a fundamentally different way of creating teams. Self-selection can offer many benefits – a better culture, learning opportunities, organizational resilience. However, leap into unknown may cause some fears and discomfort for management and individual contributors alike. In this session I will share stories from running successful self-selection events in New York, Dublin and Chicago, and show the games and tools I use to prepare technology teams and their management for their first self-selection events.
Target Audience: Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Team Members, Dev/IT Managers, Directors, Program Managers
Prerequisites: Experience working with teams
The talent shortage is real. According to CareerBuilder research, 60% of US organizations today can’t fill their open positions in 12 weeks or more. Combined with a high turnover rate, this leads to a massive loss of profit opportunities. How can we create a culture that attracts people and keeps them engaged, motivated, and well-jelled with their teams? And after they join, how do we build resilience into our teams and the organization? Empowering people to choose their own teams – a “self selection” – is a great vehicle to build in happiness, resilience and a better culture.
In this session I will share stories from running successful self-selection events in New York, Dublin and Chicago, and how I prepare technology teams and management for their first self-selection events. Building on the work of Sandi Mamoli and David Mole, I created my own simulation and a “Spooky Questions” game. The game enables open conversations, helps identify unspoken worries and brings in more fun and empathy into a self-selection process.