Scaling team rituals to grow with design organizations

 


I’ve managed teams between 5 to over 50 people, grown teams from zero to 20 in less than a year, and manage project portfolios that were a single tightly related product with a small number of features to a monolith like Google Search with 7+ distinct product areas with tenuous if any interrelated products and overlaps. Whether you have a team of 5 or a team of 50, no matter if you’re all collocated, or distributed across 5+ time zones, one thing I’m sure of now, is that team rituals must constantly be growing and scaling to the team’s size, shape, and evolving needs.

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Illustrations by Oliver
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Illustrations by Oliver

Critique

Other things to keep in mind

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Illustrations by Oliver

Stand-ups

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Illustrations by Oliver

Alignment & approvals reviews

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Illustrations by Oliver

Program reviews

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Illustrations by Oliver

Drop-in office hours

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