Core contributors: squads
As Status is growing, both in the number of teams and people, we've started making use of "squads". What is a squad and what purpose does it serve / what problems does it solve?
A squad is a small group of people across different teams who are all working towards a specific goal / vision / epic. The purpose is to clarify and focus communication between these individuals in light of the goal they are all trying to achieve. It's also useful to decentralize the decision making so who should work on what in a specific area isn't necessarily a team decision but a squad decision.
Examples of useful squads: Jenkins squad. We have cross-team concerns (Clojure, Go and QA) with the general goal of making Jenkins work better for all of us. We found that there were conversations in multiple threads and lots of people who were, or should be involved, didn't get all relevant information.
Another example: Wallet squad, which currently consists of people from Clojure and Design team. This is part of the wallet epic. They ended up creating their own branch `epic/wallet` to make it easier to have work in progress checked in and build on each others' works, and I've personally seen a lot of back and forth with the design team on specific issues. If this conversation happens in #internal-design it is likely a lot of people in #internal-clojure who should be aware of it miss it (this has happened a few times as far as I can tell).
Three main reasons:
1) Decentralized decision making is the biggest one. The fewer people are involved in a decision means we can take action quicker, and the better it is. As long as everyone who is relevant to that thing are involved.
2) Communication localisation.
3) Avoiding team silos. I.e. each team working in isolation without talking much to people in other teams who are impacted by work.