One of NZ’s leading Agile coaches, Sandy is an accomplished presenter, published book author and former Olympic athlete. A force of positive energy, Sandy is hands-on, no-nonsense and steeped in Agile. She’s the co-author of “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel”. Sandy is an international keynote speaker specialising in High-Performance Teams.
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Articles by Sandy
Oct 23, 2021
Why is it that we are still obsessed with the performance of the individual in our modern team-based organisations? Shouldn’t we measure and compare teams instead? Not for the sake of competing, but to learn from each other.... continue reading
May 24, 2020
SPaMCAST 600, yes 600, features Tom Cagley's interview with Sandy Mamoli. We talked about teams and the book she co-authored, Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel. Sandy’s unique perspective as a world-class athlete and Agile Coach allows her to deliver options about forming te... continue reading
May 12, 2020
“How do I know which team to choose and what guidelines I should apply?”
“How do we make sure people make good choices, not just for themselves but for all of us?”
These are the two most common questions managers and team members ask before any self-selection event. This post will provide guideline... continue reading
Feb 10, 2020
The performance of an individual is much less important than you think it is. The way we measure, assess, evaluate and reward individual performance is no longer relevant in the modern workplace. We need to look at different behaviours and skills and instead consider the performance of the team.
W... continue reading
Jan 22, 2020
How Travelstart used remote self-selection to create distributed teamsOnly five months after creating cross-functional teams Travelstart, a South African travel booking website, had a change in strategy and needed to rethink their team structure. From previous hackathons the company had experience w... continue reading
Aug 08, 2019
At Agile 2019 I shared 7 lessons I have learned during an Olympic career that have helped me be successful in business and life.
In the world of professional sports innovation, resilience and rapid learning are everything! In this very personal talk I share key learnings from my professional and Ol... continue reading
Aug 08, 2019
This is the story of introducing Holacracy at Snapper, a New Zealand tech company, whose CTO gave Sandy a one-line instruction: “I’d like you to make it happen.”
I recently recently presented at Agile 2019 in Washington D.C., Agile Australia in Sydney and earlier in the year at the Business Agility... continue reading
Jul 17, 2019
In this talk at the Business Agility Conference in Vienna Sandy Mamoli explores the idea of self-selection. Can it improve productivity and create happier teams? Sandy talks about her personal experience after more than five years of running Self-Selection teams in small and large organisations all... continue reading
Jul 09, 2019
Business is Boring is a weekly podcast presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. In this episode Sandy Mamoli talks to Simon Pound about her book Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel and an Olympic career that has taught her how to thrive in business.... continue reading
Jun 13, 2019
Holacracy has great mechanisms to deal with governance and tactical issues. But what about the human side? What about relationships? What about our personal interactions in the workplace?
Many have criticised Holacracy for not being complete, for being a system that only deals with the work and not... continue reading
May 27, 2019
The fastest and most efficient way to form stable agile teams is to let people choose their own team. This was a scary prospect when we in 2013 first considered handing over the decision making responsibility to the people affected. Fast-forward six years and self-selection has had a profound effect... continue reading
Mar 28, 2019
Agile FM - Sandy Mamoli on Self-Selection
In this episode, Joe Krebs and I explore the topics of self-selection, self-organization and why this is so important for the culture of modern companies.... continue reading
Mar 21, 2019
We struggled a lot with the strange words and the weird legalese language. We decided to stick with it though because we realised that new concepts need new words. Otherwise we would impede learning. We did this in a way that we could still make fun of it though.
This is part three of thr... continue reading
Mar 11, 2019
Figuring out all the roles and how we would work with them was lot of work to define and incredibly tedious to figure out - but ultimately well worth it. It provided some valuable insights into what our team was actually doing - an unanticipated side benefit!
This is part two of three of my a... continue reading
Mar 10, 2019
For the upcoming Business Agility conference in New York Sandy has been interviewed for AgileAmped's Business Agility series. Sandy sat down with Agile Amped to explain Holacracy – a way to create a truly self-organizing organization – and shares examples of it in action.
This episode of Agile Amped... continue reading
Mar 04, 2019
Recently a friend was considering introducing Holacracy in his company. He asked me what my thoughts were and while I was tempted to run screaming from the room in the same way you want to flee to a remote island when your mum buys a new PC, instead I blinked, swallowed, and we talked through my exp... continue reading