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

Case Studies and Articles

Companies such as Trade Me, The Iconic, Campaign Monitor, HSBC Digital, ING, GoTo- Meeting, KPN, Opower and many more have successfully self-selected into cross-functional teams.

Read some of their stories here.

Self-Selection articles

Business Agility: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

May 27, 2019  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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

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

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.