How We Build Teams
Learn what Team Architects consider when forming teams of builders
In our mission to find builders meaningful work with people they like, we’ve become… architects. Team architects. To create a team we start by holistically assessing builders, checking for team-wide compatibility, and finally — making sure each builder aligns with the company’s needs.
This is the art — and science — of how we form A.Teams:
Step 1: Screening for high-potential builders
After a company submits their request for a team, the TeamGraph (our AI) identifies a selection of builders with high potential to outperform on the mission based on: skills, working-hours overlap, rate, and experience.
In parallel, we collect requests from builders who’ve shown interest in the mission. Next, a Team Architect cross-references the builders from both pools — and scans for high-level compatibility. If a builder shows potential for the mission but has not yet had their evaluation call, we will reach out to schedule it. Evaluation calls help our team gauge expertise and communication skills — and they’re mandatory for every builder before they join their first mission.
Step 2: Selecting the complementary builders
The mission’s Team Architect will refine the rough team spec into a curated selection of builders best fit for the mission. At this stage the Team Architect will take into account a builder’s holistic compatibility with the mission and team to determine if they’re a great fit.
Here’s what we take into consideration:
- Location and timezone. Usually a company will have a location and/or timezone overlap requirement for their mission — which we honor when forming teams. We’d also want you to have some timezone overlap with your teammates, so you can build fast, with minimal gaps in communication.
- Availability. We strive to make sure that the time you’re able to dedicate aligns with the company’s needs.
- Skills and experience. Some missions and role require a certain level of expertise, or a particular skillset.
- Background. Experience in certain industries or fields might give you a leg up, if they’re relevant to the mission you’re requesting to join.
- Builder Connections. It’s a good sign if two builders we’re considering are already connected and have indicated they’d like to team up.
- Hourly rate. We will primarily be looking for builders whose rates are within the range of the company’s budget for each role.
Step 3: Proposing the dream team
Finally, the Team Architect and the Team Advisor will propose 1-3 teams to the company. If you are proposed as part of a team, we’ll let you know.
If the company expresses interest in meeting you, we’ll follow up with scheduling a mission interview. We created this Mission Interview Guide to help you shine during that call.