"Author" here or whatever. What do you think? :)
Hey there - As a first time manager myself I had some questions:
How many people are you leading? I imagine with 2-3 people this is unnecessary, and with 10 + it becomes too hands on.
Does DO do something like OKRs? This sounds like OKRs on a micro scale, yeah?
You say that
Goalfest is a tool for getting shit done, but this seems like an exercise in futility. Wouldn't hiring people who can self manage and present their goals as they see fit, not during a meeting on a Friday, make the team more efficient?
...They don’t care about this because of me. They care because it’s their team.- They should care because it's purportedly improving product design, which in theory should improve usability. This piece rarely has direct ties to the user and I feel like such a method of leadership leaves much to be desired.
Having said all that, I appreciate the effort and putting yourself out there. I think goal oriented leadership can work, I'm just skeptical that it's in the form of spreadsheets and meetings (regardless of how they are being used).
Hey, thanks for reading! To answer your questions :)
- I'm leading 3 people, which is likely to double by the end of the year. I think Goalfest can scale to about 6, at which point we'll need to split the teams up anyway because 6+ direct reports isn't a sustainable situation. We're doing it in about 30 minutes flat right now, so an hour once a week wouldn't be awful.
- We do indeed use OKRs. Like you said, these are at a larger scale—per quarter or annually. They're just a specific format for goals and ways to measure success. The key results for the goals in Goalfest are usually just having done them, so I wouldn't say they're that similar. But yeah, same gist.
- Regarding hiring the right people, I think we already do, and that doing this is not enough. Goalfest isn't a perfect system, but most people do benefit from having some kind of system in place, especially if it affords the freedom of working in whichever way suits you. Goalfest has two aspects that I believe can help even the most self-driven designer. First, it's a space for a group introspection on process, a place to share ideas. Second, it's a place to share information around what's happening and build alignment. I'm not a big fan of meetings in general and I do whatever I can to get out of the ones that are wasting my time, but some meetings are good meetings :P
They should care because it's purportedly improving product design.Usability and experience are top of mind for us. This helps in shipping the best possible product, but it doesn't necessarily help with shipping it fast. That's what Goalfest is for. The feeling of belonging and sharing momentum towards a shared goal is a powerful one, and I've found it's helpful in reframing the work and making it more enjoyable.
Glad you enjoyed it! :)
upvoting for the gif :)
I'm interested to see some examples of your goals. Do they tend to be task related like "finish redesign of admin section" or results driven "increase signup conversions by 10%" or something more vague? Do learning activities form park of the goals?
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!
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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