Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ideal Team Size - Bezos' 2 pizza rule

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is of the view that too much Communication is really a bad thing. 

This WSJ article quotes an Amazon executive who says that during an offsite when some employees suggested that there should be more communication in the organisation, Bezos declared that "No, Communication is terrible"

Bezos preferred a decentralized company where independent thinking prevails over Grouthink.

In order to achieve this, he implemented a company wide policy, the concept of the "2 Pizza team".

Any team should be small enough that it could be fed with 2 pizzas.

Small teams generally tend to function like families, fighting, bickering but eventually getting the work done. Larger teams tend to be more political.

Source: Birth of a Salesman, WSJ article by Richard L. Brandt

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