Small teams are inherently more productive than large teams. Too many communication lines and competing interests necessarily emerge as groups of people get larger.
You should try and structure your business with small teams. The success of a team should be easy to measure, so everyone knows what to focus on. A single performance indicator for the whole team is ideal, so you can measure success and get out of the way.
Keep teams small, generally no larger than 6. Once teams get too big, split them up into two smaller teams.
The benefits of doing this are that it:
- Allows the team to focus on very specific metrics
- Keeps the team communication lines simple
- Keeps work exciting and meaningful; and
- Provides ample opportunities for leadership and technical development within teams
For workforce success, hire great teams, and get out of their way.