Trade roles across teams

Created by : HolacracyOne
Last update : June 8, 2018


Because roles in self-managing organizations are defined granularly, it can be quite easy to trade roles within a team. A person that is very busy can ask colleagues to pick up one of her roles, temporarily or permanently. A team member that wants to learn a new skill can ask a colleague to trade a corresponding role toward that end.


To make it easy to trade roles across teams as well as within them, we has set up a company-wide Role Market Place (in hola- cratic language, this is an “app;” it’s not part of the basic operating system). The market place helps people wanting to offload and people wanting to pick up roles to find each other more easily.



Build a shared file with roles in the company

On the company’s intranet, we share a file where colleagues can read the description and score each role.


Score the interest in roles you're currently filling

Each colleague can "rate" the roles they play, on a scale from -3 to +3 according to 3 criteria:

  • The role seems Stimulating (+) or exhausting (-)
  • The role seems to him to use (+) or (-) his talents
  • His current skills and knowledge seem to promote (+) or limit (-) the proper performance of his role.


Score the interest in roles currently filled by other people

On the same scale of -3 to +3, one can also show interest in roles currently played by others.


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