Trust & Product Design(

over 7 years ago from Joel Califa, Senior Product Designer at GitHub

  • Andrew Tolentino, over 7 years ago

    Hello! I was immediately hooked after reading your first paragraph, since I feel like I'm in that transition period too and am looking for advice on managing design teams.

    I do love this idea, but I am the type who needs lists and goals to feel accomplished and aligned with everyone on my team, but I do have a few questions regarding this.

    • How did you start the conversation of adding goalfests to your team?

    • Do you ever feel like these goalfests become more of a situation where people judge themselves and others? Especially since there is a scale you've introduced and everyone can see what each person has accomplished.

    • How do you create the feeling that a goalfest is a fun exercise compared to another meeting about alignment and "stuff we need to do?"

    Maybe you've answered most of this in your post, and I didn't pick up on it, but this is definitely something I want to float to my team and see if it sticks! Thanks!

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    • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, over 7 years ago

      Hey, glad you enjoyed it! :)

      • Like I said in the post, everything I do is an experiment, and I made the team well aware of that. There wasn't much to lose, considering the worst case was stopping after a few weeks. Everyone was on board from the start and Goalfests are actually pretty enjoyable.
      • I've been blessed with an amazing team of people who genuinely care about each other and try to support each other. We aren't a competitive bunch. Goalfest start about 3 months ago and it's felt like a safe place so far. I can't promise that this'll be the case forever as we grow, but like I said if it doesn't work we'll just scrap it and try something else :)
      • I think stays fun through the way I treat my reports and the way they treat each other. There's a lot of respect, transparency, and caring. We have fun together regardless of the context. I can't say this is anything specific I do. Rather, it's the team I got #blessed

      Hope this helped!

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