I am a scrum master/agile coach and the team I have been assigned to is too big, 13 people!

I have complete authority to change this however I want to formulate a good plan to do this.

Can anyone suggest how I initiate this process. So not where the split happens but how to approach it.

My rough plan was just to have 1-on-1’s with everyone and see if there is a common thread. Theming a retro around it seems like I am pushing the concept on them.

Any ideas?

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    Whatever you do don't split them into two equal sized teams - that would be awful.
    – amelvin
    Oct 18, 2017 at 14:29

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Theming a retro around it seems like I am pushing the concept on them.

Why do you believe that? How is it different from the "1-on-1’s" approach? What advice do the values contained in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development give you? Can you apply the values and rules in The Scrum Guide to this situation?

  • Self-organizing teams.
  • Transparency.
  • People and interactions over processes and tools.

Self-Organized teams start with self-organization.

The normal advice I give to clients is to create a User Story for what is a "good team" with clear acceptance.

Then you get everyone in a room. You show them to user story, tell them how many teams should exist and then let them self-organize into teams. Usually you will go through 2-3 iterations of this before you have your final set.

As Simon Sinek says, "Hire for attitude, you can teach skill." For teams for fit first. Skills will improve faster with a good team.

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