The Art & Wisdom of Changing Teams | Second Edition
Written by Heidi Helfand / Forewords by John Cutler and Diana Larsen
This book is for people working inside tech companies who are able to influence or make decisions about team formation, team change, and reorgs.
What People Say About the Book
—Sandy Mamoli, Nomad8, coauthor of Creating Great Teams
—Amy C. Edmondson, Harvard Business School, author of Teaming
and The Fearless Organization
—Dave Farley, coauthor of Continuous Delivery
in teams. Her stories, whether from the three successful startups she’s guided through hypergrowth or the dozens of teams she’s interviewed across the globe, delineate the power, intelligence, and joy of reteaming. If you seek a healthier, happier, more harmonious approach to teaming, study this book.”
—Joshua Kerievsky, Industrial Logic, author of
Refactoring to Patterns
—Manuel Pais, coauthor of Team Topologies: Organizing Business
and Technology Teams for Fast Flow
About the book
Your team will change whether you like it or not. People will come and go. Your company might double in size or even be acquired. In this practical book, author Heidi Helfand shares techniques for reteaming effectively. Engineering leaders will learn how to catalyze team change to reduce the risk of attrition, learning and career stagnation, and the development of knowledge silos.
Based on research into several well-known software companies, the patterns in this book will help you effectively integrate new hires into an existing team, manage a team that’s lost members, or deal with unexpected change. You’ll learn when to split a team, how to isolate teams for focused innovation, how to rotate team members for knowledge sharing, how to break through organizational apathy, and much more.
- Five patterns of dynamic reteaming, One by One: Grow and Split, Isolation, Merging, and Switching
- Why companies reteam and reorganize, through real-world examples
- How to design or change your organization so it’s resilient and adaptable
- How to plan reteaming initiatives and coach team members through change
- How dynamic reteaming can help a mature organization innovate quickly
What’s New in the Second Edition?
- New interviews with technical leaders from well-known companies
- New chapter on how to plan a dynamic reteaming initiative at your company
- New chapter on team calibrations – step by step activities that you can use right away with teams so that they align on history, who the team members are as people, the mission and specifics about their work, and how they want to manage their workflows and pursue excellence.
- Expanded chapters on how to onboard new team members and better treatment of the merging pattern
- How to run reteaming retrospectives and gather feedback with surveys
- Better integration of the Ecocycle metaphor for team change across the whole book
Dynamic Reteaming: 1st Edition
Want to read the first edition? Here’s how to get it before it gets retired.