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Optimal team

In this article, you will discover the key elements of an optimal team analysis.

An optimal team is one whose average performance is above 8.5 out of 10.

Location on the positioning matrix :

Description of an optimal team:

The team is able to re-configure itself at will, take initiatives and learn from mistakes by itself. Total sense of peace in the team;

Very favorable environment for innovation and development of skills;

Opportunity to share openly on all topics;

No source of frustration on a daily basis;

Quality, cost and deadline targets are consistently exceeded;

The team reaches a plateau and looks for the last points to improve (optimisation);

The team manager is eager to share;

The team doubts its capacity to be a good team.

Objectives of a debriefing with an optimal team:


Essential elements to prioritize when analysing an optimal team:


Start by reviewing all the components of performance to help the team become aware of the areas of improvement it may still have. It is not uncommon for an optimal team to still have areas for improvement.


Experience often shows that managers of optimal teams need to be reassured that their performance is successful. Humility mindset and the constant doubt may explain this phenomenon.

Celebrate with the team!


Building an optimal team does not happen by chance and requires a conscious and explicit work of the collective;

An optimal team is aware of its work processes. We advise you to work on consolidating the work processes and especially to capitalise on them;

Feel free to write down the practices identified on OpenDecide and share them with other teams.


Suggest to the team that they focus on consolidation;

Reassure the manager and the team about the level of performance achieved;

Open up the exchange of good practices.

Updated on: 20/08/2021

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