BLUF - Given the choices to -
- start weekly O3s with 22 directs,
- start biweekly O3s with 22 directs, or
- divide O3 burden with newly created subteam leaders within my first 90 days
- don't start O3s
What would you do?
I am newly installed as manager of a group of 22. I want to start O3s but feel that 11 hours of O3s is too much… I want to divide my group but that would violate the 90 day "fit in / do nothing" guidance.
I've got 11 engineers and 11 designers. The engineers are mostly senior (20+ year) level and generally self-sufficient with each engineer working on his/her own thing. The designers are a good mix of experience and had naturally worked themselves into three informal teams.
I am an engineer myself and have experience managing a team of 5 engineers prior to taking this opportunity at a new company. 22 weekly O3s seems daunting to me given my prior experience of only 5.
I will relate best with the engineers and my first read is that I have more motivation & retention concerns among the engineers than I do with designers.
My initial thoughts are to keep all 11 engineer and 3 designer leads with me for O3s. The remaining 8 designers would have O3s with the lead designers. I will have 7 hours of O3s each week. The subteam leaders will have 1-1.5 hours each, plus their 0.5 with me.