Alexis Monville (en)

How to form a team?

Today I had the chance to sit with Valentin Yonchev and Matt Takane from the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs. Wanting to benefit from their vast experience of building cross-functional teams, I asked them a question: How to form a team?

This episode of the podcast is their answers to that question. You will find a lot of practical things to apply in your context whether you need to assemble a group of people only for a meeting, for a short engagement, or longer term.

During the discussion, Matt mentioned the Open Practice Library as a place to find the practices. We also used “pulling the Andon cord,” without really defining what it was, you can find out more details here.


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One response to “How to form a team?”

  1. Michael Doyle Avatar
    Michael Doyle

    Great podcast, thank you Alexis.

    Here’s 7 things I learned:

    1. Ask ‘Why are we forming a team?” to understand your outcome.
    2. Create a ‘Social Contract’ (and update it when necessary) so the team can hold itself accountable.
    3. Use ‘mood of the room’ and ‘team sentiment’ as mechanisms to monitor ‘health’ of the team.
    4. The subtle use of self organisation e.g. going out for a team picnic.
    5. Using a team name as a banner or identity for the team.
    6. Stopping the team when something’s not right and being honest about it.
    7. A team succeeds or fails as a team, there are no individual successes or failures.