One of the many questions You hear as a team lead is: “Who can help me with <topic XYZ>?”
When your team is small you can easily say: “colleague A is expert on X, B on Y, and C on Z”.
But with increasing team size and number of topics you have to handle in your team it can be good idea to write down the capabilities and competencies of your team members.
Step 1 – Write down all of your team members
Easy. If You don’t know who is in your team, shame on You 🙂
Step 2 – Write down all tools and technologies You use in Your team
A bit harder. If You don’t know by heart who uses what, please interview your colleagues.
Step 3 – Combine the information in a table.
Use a simple scheme to tag knowledge
- – great knowledge
- 🙂 – ok
- 😳 – don’t know what it means
Write down the colleagues on one axis the tools and techs on the other.
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To transpose or to not transpose – that is the question
It doesn’t matter which info goes on which axis but in most cases you can say which number is higher: number of colleagues or the number of skills / tools / technologies used in the team. So put the longer list on the y-axis.
What can You get out of it?
When You have your Team Capability Matrix in place you can identify core knowledge areas -things everyone in the team has to know- and fill in the gaps with training and workshops.
Let’s say Tool X and Y are must have skills. So You would schedule training for Tool Y for A and C and training for X for B and C
You can even develop your team by asking your team mates in which areas they want to improve and schedule training accordingly.