Over two years Google conducted 200+ interviews with employees and looked at more than 250 attributes of 180+ active Google teams. They were pretty confident that we'd find the perfect mix of individual traits and skills necessary for a stellar team -- take one Rhodes Scholar, two extroverts, one engineer who rocks at AngularJS, and a PhD. Voila. Dream team assembled, right?
They were dead wrong. Who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions. So much for that magical algorithm.
They learned that there are five key dynamics that set successful teams apart from other teams at Google:
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