Self-Selection

Here’s a radical idea: Trust people to know best and let them decide which team they should work in. Let them self-select!

Known as Self-Selection, Squadification, or Self-Selecting Teams - this is an effective way of creating great teams. From the people who literally wrote the book on it, here you will find a wealth of resources to guide you through the process.

Self Selection

We believe that teams work best when people have a direct say in which team they work in, and what they work on. It was on this basis that we created a self-selection process that has now been used all over the world.

The people who literally wrote the book on self selection can guide you through the concept, demonstrate why it's the best way to select teams, and coach you through the planning and running your very own self-selection event.

Self-Selection articles

The Iconic's Experience with Squad Self-Selection

Feb 06, 2019  ·  Sandy Mamoli

We have run Squad Self-Selection for two quarters in a row within ICONIC Tech and it has been wildly successful (99% of our staff either love it (77%), or like it (22%)). Our process included about 30 people and 5 Squads. We wanted to share our experience in the hopes of inspiring other organisation... continue reading

Video: Self-Selection at Agile Africa

Nov 04, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

I gave a keynote at Agile Africa 2016 in Johannesburg earlier this year. You can watch the video here. "I like creating teams by trusting people who do the actual work to design the best possible teams. I believe that trusting people to choose who to work with and what to work on creates not only gr... continue reading

Video: Self-Selection at Agile Australia 2016

Jun 26, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

This year's Agile Australia conference was an absolute blast! I loved having the opportunity to catch up with old friends, hang out with my Australian coaching colleagues and to meet new and interesting people. David Mole and I gave a talk on self-selection and creating great teams in Melbourne and... continue reading

Self-selection on a page

Jun 14, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

Everything about self-selection on one pretty page. Enjoy :-) Download the high-res pdf version: Self Selection On A Page If you like the concept of knowledge on a page, have a look at Wallskills - an awesome site with heaps of beautiful, useful one-pagers collected by Corinna Baldauf.... continue reading

Creating Great Teams

Creating Great Teams

How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

People are happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with. Self-selecting teams give people that choice. Build well-designed and efficient teams to get the most out of your organisation, with step-by-step instructions on how to set up teams quickly and efficiently. You'll create a process that works for you, whether you need to form teams from scratch, improve the design of existing teams, or are on the verge of a big team re-shuffle.