New People Joining Your Team

It’s inevitable that at some point in time someone on your team is going leave and will be replaced by someone else. Remember from Tuckman’s Model and Storming, whenever someone new joins your mob, there will be some storming.

In addition to storming, your mob may encounter other challenges depending on the experience level of new members. But don’t confuse experience with the number of years doing something. That’s often not a good indicator of experience. Jeff Atwood[57] of StackOverflow calls it “The Years of Experience Myth.”[58]

When you look at bringing a new person into a team, it can be difficult to get the balance of experience right in the team. Prior to mobbing, I always tried to replace a departing team ...

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