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

Read Self-selection stories, watch presentations, listen to podcasts and download our useful pocket guide here.

Self-Selection articles

Case Study: Self-Selection with Distributed Teams

Jan 22, 2020  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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

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

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.