At what stage do leaders often fail to shift their focus from building the right product to building the right team?
Once the team finds product-market fit and starts to shift into growth mode.
What are the growing pains that rapidly growing start-ups often experience?
Worse productivity, unhappy customers and problems with communications.
How can the employees of a start-up be negatively be effected by the growing pains brought about by "hyper-growth"?
Morale problems and disgruntled employees.
What are alternatives to focus on scaling teams and are they preferable?
What is the source of many scaling crises in hyper-growth teams?
Failing to make the mental shift from product to team pmce the teams shifts into growth mode.
What is the main difference between a 'Scaling Plan' and a 'Product Plan'?
The product plan is focused on the needs of the team rather than the product.
Why should you regularly review the "Scaling Plan"?
To have a backstop that will catch emerging scaling problems before hey become crises.
Why is a rigorous interview process important?
To reject a candidate is much cheaper than dealing with bad employees.
What are the axioms of organizational design good for?
Which design principles can help to introduce structure into a growing organization?
Which are the five axioms of organizational design?
What are "Delivery Teams"?
When the VP of Engineering is not involved in the team's day-to-day work.
Should you let individual contributors (engineers) have influence over the roadmap?
What are some of the organizational design principles of a scaling teams?
What are Scaling Plans and do you need them?
Scaling plans try to help a team shift a team that is focused on product market fit to growth mode. "After all, it is the team that will ultimately build the product.
What are the primary scaling-up challenges that a scaling plan should be based on?
Hiring", "People management", "Organization": everybody should know the goals, "Culture" and "Communications".
Why is rapid growth the enemy of team culture?
What are some warning signs of early-stage (to roughly 50 people) scaling problems?
What are some warning signs of later-stage (50 - 150 employees)?
On what should Hyper-growth teams focusing on building the best products change their focus to?
Hyper-growth teams should change their focus to building the best teams instead of the best products.
Why should you hold retrospectives?
To study and learn from what your team did poorly and well.
What is the most important quality of a (first) recruiter?
Emotional Intelligence — your recruiter should have the skill of understanding people.
Hiring: What characteristics should an individual contributor have?
Mentorship, communication, organic leadership, humility and strategic thinking.
What should an engineer do when he becomes a manager?
Read business books.
Through which ways should you seek new people to bring on board?
Seek the right candidates through friends, applications and online platforms.
What is a problem to the default solution to the challenges of expansion by hiring more people?
Often, managers believe that they can fix their problems by hiring more individual contributors. However, this often complicates the problem of rapid scaling often even more.
What are five common scaling-up issues?
What is considered the most effective method for finding new candidates?
Through referrals which are friends of the company such as advisors and board members.
What are the factors that determine whether it's the right time to hire an internal recruiter?
What are reasons for a company to build an Employer Brand?
Can it be helpful to have more than four interviews for better screening job candidates?
No, research from Google found that after the fourth interview, each additional interview was not helpful.
What is a possible action you can take when your recruiting process is disorganized?
Assign one employee to be responsible for the recruiting process and organize a training for all employees involved in interviewing.