How do I handle the Trinity with a mixed team, where I am part-way through implementing the trinity with my current team and have a new group added to my team?

I have a team of 12, and have been doing MTO3s for years.  I am (again) about 3 weeks into Feedback (rolled out, 3 weeks of positive feedback).  I just found out that I will have another, smaller team (about 6) that will be added to me shortly.  I assume I continue with my feedback rollout with the originals, and start O3s with a rollout for the new group.  I can see situations coming up where I want to talk about O3s with the new group as a group, but the original group already heard it, and where I'll want to talk about feedback with the whole original group but the new group won't know what I'm talking about.  

Any suggestions, or pitfalls to watch out for?  Even with 19, I'm going to try to do O3s every week (although I suspect the O3s with contractors and interns may be delegated to other directs for their development and to help with my load).  Other ideas or warnings?

On a related note, does the Roadmap tool handle this?  I think this is going to mess up my tracking in the tool.



jrb3's picture

Seen a number of managers I admired go through this.  Most of them treated the situation as two distinct teams, with their own rhythms, gradually growing at least one person on each to be their number-two for that team then their replacement for managerial duties.  A few eventually combined the two teams into one, but only to prepare for splitting back into (slightly revised) teams.

Twelve seems far on the long end of a good span-of-control, with 18-19 well outside the bounds of effectiveness.  Seen a number of managers try to show more-than-a-dozen can be done, and each failed to do so.  For the startup I'm in, I've drafted guidelines for span-of-control, insuring against later growth preventing rational thought -- I aim to cap span-of-control at six inter-coordinating directs.

As a team lead, I've gone the delegate-O3 development route often -- highly recommended.

roycesj's picture

I appreciate the ideas.  I raised the numbers as a concern when they came to me with the idea, and was sort of told, "We have every confidence that you'll do great."  I'm certainly starting to delegate more to my current directs, with the idea of finding some on the new to to delegate to as well.

Again - thank you for the suggestions!

FerdyPro's picture

Love it, thank you for the suggested items posted.