The Perfect Team

How do you put together the perfect team?

That can seem like a tricky question; especially if you want to have a productive and safe execution at the same time.

I promise you will be surprised by what is necessary to build the best team collaboration! And the data is not only surprising, it also comes from one of the most data reliable sources you can find.
In 2012 Google decided to do an internal study on what team was the most successful. They named the study “Project Aristotle”, where Google studied over 180 of their own teams using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods in the pursuit of the answer. 

Let me first present you with one of the most significant and surprising results they found: There are several factors that we normally believe are important for success, that aren’t at all.

The study could thus conclude that the following 5 factors do not have to be present in a team for it to succeed.
5 factors that do not impact the success of the team:

  1. The amount of experience in the team
  2. The size of the team
  3. The team seeks consensus-driven decisions
  4. The the team sits together 
  5. The degree of work pressure
And to pass an even stronger curveball to you, another finding of the study showed that the competence of the team does not have a significant impact on the performance either! 

To be specific, there was no direct coherency between the amount of high performance on a team and the team's ability to create results. 
So what is the number one thing that determines the success of a team? 

In Google’s internal study, they found it to be the degree of psychological security. In other words, it was how employees experienced the degree to which they could:

  1. Ask for help in the team
  2. Make mistakes without being exposed negatively
  3. Talk about doubt and uncertainty
  4. Stand their ground at times
  5. Feel that their voice was valued

Knowing what made the perfect team and using the results of the study to make clear strategies for further improvement let team collaboration at Google grow tremendously! 
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