Often times, organisations make investments in technology through projects that aim to develop information technology products with specific outcomes and aim to achieve those outcomes in a set period of time.
Obviously, its people that build technology products and as such, positions need to be filled by people with a fitting set of attributes. This most often results in somebody spending time determining what the required skills are, which people are right for the job and most importantly, how to create a good team mix.
It is difficult to consider all the possible variables when putting people together and have them quickly become a fit for purpose, high performing team.
In my view, a successful team is a team that loves the product they are building, believe that the problem they are solving is worth solving, have the right environment and there is alignment between their individual passions, ambitions and skills.
If you are in staffing and find yourself asking; “Who would be the right person to fill this position?”, this is for you.
The hypothesis is:
How is it a repeatable task?
In order to answer this question, I refer to what I call the “Type trilogy”. A product will most certainly always have 3 attributes. The people who do the work, the project that aims to develop the product and the organisation that invests in the product.
There are types of people, types of projects and types of organisations, hence, the “Type trilogy”. Now let’s dig into the characteristics that go into defining a type.
People have ideals, passions, ambitions, skills and a way of being/personality
Projects aim to solve a problem, using technology, by developing a product. Because projects are sub-organisations of their own, they have a modus operandi based on a set of criteria.
Organisations generate revenue by providing value to the market. They have values that they live by, a mission that they want to achieve, a vision for the future, a culture and often times specialise in a particular field
How can it be programmed?
- personality type, values, ideals, likes, dislikes, vision for the future, passions, weaknesses, strengths, and technical skills amongst other things for people.
- the product being developed, the problem being solved, metrics for success, governance structures, anticipated benefits, development practices and the technology stack amongst other things for projects.
- the organisational culture, levels of employee satisfaction, diversity and inclusion, the vision, the mission, contribution to the world and the field/domain amongst other things for organisations.
This is where we let computers do what they do best and process data at high speeds, identifying combinations and patterns in the provided data. The main question to be answered being, “What would make a good person-project-organisation match”
- a person with these skills, personality, passions and ambitions will most likely fit well in a project that is shaped like this.
- a project that aims to achieve this most likely will need this type of person
- an organisation that is shaped like this most likely will be a good environment for a person that is shaped like this
Atta-team, knock it out the park!
How can this help build high performing teams?
The big question is, What is a high performing team?
- collecting more data in order to measure performance of team in relation to the performance of recommendations
- learning from data and improving the model, monitoring the performance of recommendations throughout the project (client satisfaction, progress and quality of product)
- making tweaks to improve it using the data collected
- monitoring performance when new variables are introduced (changing team mix)
Lets create great teams, all the time.