Today I have a small quiz for you. Help me organize a few people.
I won’t ask you how to organize 6,000 people, or even 60. To make it simple, let’s just start with 6.
So, imagine that we have 6 people who work in a project, but that there’s a rule that says that teams can be no more than 3 people. So we have to find the best way to group them into teams.
How would you do it?
Let me give you a bit of information, and then you can indicate below what you think the best solution would be (click the “add comment or question” link below this post, or send me your answer via Email or using the contact form).
The six people we need to organize are:
- Ashley (A)
- Ben (B)
- Charles (C)
- Dorothy (D)
- Edmund (E)
- Frank (F)
A consultant has looked at how they work. Here’s a summmary of what she found:
- Ashley mainly does analysis work for Edmund
- Ben creates documentation for Charles
- Charles interprets the requirements and explains them to Ben and Dorothy
- Dorothy helps Ben create the documentation
- Edmund provides Charles with requirements and analysis results. He also initiates and follows up the analyses that Frank and Ashley do
- Frank helps Ashley do the analysis work
I will return with a follow-up post in a couple of days – and will show you a software tool that you can use for this purpose. You may not need it if you only have 6 people – but it can be useful if you want to find the right grouping for a larger team or unit.
Hasta la vista!