"Grouplets" are self-organizing teams of volunteers that address concerns affecting a broad segment of the organization. 18F currently has two types of Grouplets:
- Working Groups: leaders are emergent from the group, and often have no authority and little if any direct resources; it is incumbent upon them to recruit volunteers and make the best use of their time
- Guilds: leaders are established by the 18F Leadership team, often have a specific authorities and objectives, and have dedicated staff
This guide aims to provide aspiring Grouplet organizers with a "bag of tricks" for:
- getting a Grouplet organized and productive very quickly,
- for maintaining team cohesion over time,
- for understanding the various forces at play in an organization, and
- for making the entire undertaking both high-impact and fun!
Mike's (very) long-form article Goto Fail, Heartbleed, and Unit Testing Culture contains many more details and examples regarding the Google Testing Grouplet's effort to drive adoption of automated testing. His hour-long talk Large Scale Development Culture Change: Google and the US Government is an attempt to relate many of these experiences to the effort to improve digital service practices in government.