In the world of business now, I don’t really think it matters whether you consider yourself a small, medium or large business as much as it once did. The smallest companies can be agile, efficient, and customer focused, making them strong competitors against the larger corporations. It’s how you keep a business agile, efficient and customer focussed that matters more.
However, as smaller businesses grow, maintaining that can become a challenge. There is a tendency to think that to ‘grow’ you need to have a lot of people on your team, and that isn’t necessarily the case. It’s more important to have the right people on your team, doing the right work, than it is to have a lot of people doing the wrong things.
This is where the concept of “Two Pizza Teams” can work wonders!
What are Two Pizza Teams?
‘Two Pizza Teams’ is a concept from Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The idea is simple: a team should be small enough that it can be fed with just two pizzas. Typically, this means a team of around 4 to 8 people. The core principle is to keep teams small to enhance communication, collaboration, and decision making.
Sounds Good. But How Does This Apply to Small Businesses?
When you’re running a small business, every team member’s contribution is crucial. Creating smaller teams has several advantages:
In a small team, communication becomes more straightforward and efficient. When everyone is in the loop, ideas flow freely, and problem solving becomes a collective effort. No more long emails or meetings spent going round and round in circles, without really getting to the root of what needs to be discussed. Smaller teams also improve decision-making as there are few opinions to consider. This is why having the right people on your team is so important.
The ability to move quickly to changing circumstances, and implement ideas quickly when needed is a big part of business. Two-pizza teams can quickly pivot their focus and resources to what is needed when.
With a clear understanding of how everyone fits into the business and works together, smaller teams empower each other and hold each other accountable, which leads to increased motivation and productivity.
Creativity and innovation flow more easily. Smaller teams thrive on brainstorming sessions and discussions.
Being part of a smaller team can create a stronger sense of belonging and being part of the business in which you make a difference. Smaller teams will appreciate the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to the overall success.
Running a lean operation is essential for small businesses. Smaller teams mean fewer resources are required to support them, reducing overhead costs. This allows you to allocate your budget more efficiently and invest in areas that drive growth.
How to Implement Two Pizza Teams in Your Business
Thinking pizza is too good an opportunity to pass up! Here are some steps to help you implement this concept into your business:
The right people in the right places.
This goes for any team, you need to be sure that you have the correct support in the areas you need it. Identify what resources you need and hire to those specific roles.
Define Clear Goals
Identify the key objectives of your business and break them down into manageable tasks. Assign these tasks to the appropriate team member. This exercise will also help you decide who you actually need on your team too.
Trust in your team
Trusting your team to take ownership will create a sense of responsibility and encourage motivation and ownership of their part in your business.
Create an environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their ideas, concerns, and progress. Regular team meetings really boost collaboration.
Provide Necessary Resources
Ensure your teams have the tools and resources they need to succeed. This can be overlooked! You hire the right expertise, but you need to be sure they have what they need in your business to do what they need to. Tools, tech, data, and if you’re not sure, ask them so they do their best work.
Regularly review how your team is working, and gather feedback from them too. Use this information to make any necessary changes and improve the team’s efficiency.
Two Pizza Teams can be a game changer for small businesses. By keeping teams small, you can have a strong sense collaboration, accountability, and innovation, making your business run smoother, and your goals easier to reach. Remember, it’s not just about the size of the team (or pizza!); it’s about what each person brings and how it all fits together to make your business the best it can be.