Size does matter and small is best

I really must start writing my monthly brainmail newsletter again soon because much of this material is perfect for brainmail. Nevertheless, here’s a little gem that caught my in-box yesterday morning.

In an experiment conducted (by teams?) at UCLA and the University of North Carolina, two-person teams took an average of 36-mins to assemble 50 Lego pieces into a human figure. The same task took 52-mins for four-person teams.

Apparently, forecasting errors grow larger as teams get bigger and expanding a team’s size can negatively impact coordination, diminish members’ motivation, and increase conflict. (Via Harvard Business Review).

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