Here’s what I share in Reconnecting Workspaces, Team Genius authors have found that the best size team is somewhere between five and nine. As a team work practitioner, I usually assert that each person added to a team adds an exponential layer of relationships, conversations, and perspectives.
As I shared in Effective Virtual Conversations, Richard Hackman found that as team size grew from 5 to 13, the number of communication touchpoints needed grew from 10 conversations when the team was five people, to 73 conversations when the team grew to 13.119
As teams grow in size, there is a tendency to develop nested teams within the larger team. Within these larger groups, there are smaller teams, each with their own culture and focus.”
Reconnecting Workspaces – page 147
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