Run experiments on how you operate your team & organization
Experimentation usually focusses on learning from the market a company is in. It’s quite limiting to only use it for that. We’re a big fan of running experiments to tune our internal processes.
We deploy organizational experiments for at least a quarter. Shorter makes the impact of the results hard to track.
These are the current experiments running in Firmhouse:
1. New approach to how we operate squads and OKR’s
2. Weekly check-ins where every team member gives a rating on happiness and insight on company progress & planning
3. Changes how we coordinate 20% used to create side projects on Friday’s
The early results are promising. The experiments create a deeper understanding across the whole team of what is happening. This in turn creates the right context for people to be independent in their decision making on a daily basis.
Personally, it has brought me closer to everyone on the team than ever before. It allowed me to identify problems (small and big) which can often be addressed with little effort. Which can have a big impact on overall team morale and happiness.
I’ll write about our ongoing experiments & results next week. For now, these articles are a great start if you can’t wait to learn more :)
Have a great weekend!