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What are the best tools for managing people in a growing startup?

In my observation, when most startups begin, they are a group of two or three people working together in the room. There's little need to put in systems and processes in place to clearly communicate the business's mission and vision, to onboard new team members, to ensure clear communication, and to keep people accountable to outcomes.

However, as startups grow, they go through growing pains when all of a sudden, founders find that they've hired someone who's a poor fit, or that they don't have good systems for onboarding or firing, or that there are not clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

My question, then, is what are the essential/best tools for managing people in a growing startup? Some off the top of my head are:
- Clear mission and vision
- Clear values, norms, and working agreements
- Robust hiring process that includes work samples and trial periods
- Clear roles and responsibilities
- Clear project management procedures
- Robust onboarding process
- Regular check-ins

What else?

And, what are good resources that you've found to answer a question like this?

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Matt Moore
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Matt Moore Entrepreneur
Co-Founder & iCEO at CrowdMob Inc.
Objective-Key Results (OKRs) / Management by Objective is my tool of choice!
Nick Bideshi
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Nick Bideshi Entrepreneur
Executive VP at Industrial Quality Management
From experience we have seen that by managing expectations from the very start it makes the other things fall in line. Managing people, projects, and work can be seen by some as variations of micro management.

As a start up having nimble systems is what gives you the advantage over possibly larger companies. Too much procedure can slow you down; this is not to say that there should be no procedure. Some is clearly needed.
Joe Mellin
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Joe Mellin Entrepreneur
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I have built a few teams and spent a crap load of time on mission and values. Hiring processes and all that stuff and it didn't translate to a team that was more than a sum of its parts.

Then I read this book :http://www.amazon.com/Five-Dysfunctions-Team-Large-Print/dp/[removed to protect privacy]

Completely changed how I look at building a team.


Daylin Mantyka
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Daylin Mantyka Entrepreneur
Corporate Marketing & Operations @ ZENMED | Freelance Writer
I have yet to use this software, but am in current conversation to potentially join the team: Results.com

Currently, they are targeting teams that are larger than your early-stage startup, and seek to help companies between 10-15 employees.
Zuhairah Scott Washington
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General Manager at Uber
I've used some of these tools for culture building in the past and have found them to be helpful. roundpegg.com/?
Daniel Lo
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Daniel Lo Entrepreneur
Co-Founder at LawGives
listening.
Mark Piekny
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Mark Piekny Entrepreneur
Engineer, Consultant & Entrepreneur
Chandan Miskin
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Chandan Miskin Entrepreneur
Experienced CRM Professional
Technically, you are actually mixing up a lot of things from areas such as HR and Proj Mgmt... but tools like mindjet, taskray or even zoho (Crm & proj mgmt) are good enough to manage small teams. Zoho is especially good if you are using contractors on hourly billing for task assignment and recording time
Karl Schulmeisters
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Karl Schulmeisters Entrepreneur
CTO ClearRoadmap
- Clear mission and vision
Until you hit about 100 people, you really can do this in the hiring process. And its common to do a monthly get together like a Pizza party or such to discuss

- Clear values, norms, and working agreements
This should be part of the hiring process, and the job offer docs. You will need to pay for a contract or parttime HR person

- Robust hiring process that includes work samples and trial periods
See above

- Clear roles and responsibilities
That's YOUR JOB as a the manager/owner. Its your daily job. no app can do this for you.

- Clear project management procedures
While you are small (dev staffbelow 20 or so) this is YOUR JOB as the manager/owner.
Once you are bigger than that, this is the job of your Technical lead.. be it CTO or VP Eng. or Director of Eng. or whomever you have hired

- Robust onboarding process
See the comment about a part time HR person.

- Regular check-ins
Again THIS IS YOUR JOB
Justin Tiedemann, LEED AP
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CEO at EcoCosm, Inc.
Two tools we use are:
Zenefits for HR. We purchased competitively priced health insurance for our team through them. In return we have free access to their online HR platform that includes hiring/terminating modules, link to payroll, flexible spending accounts, PTO tracking, contractor management, and much more.

The Entrepreneurial Operating System outlined in Gino Wickman's book Traction. It's a straight forward process to define and communicate vision to your team and assess whether you have the right people in your organization sitting in the right seats. The dashboard of key business metrics is also a good tool check in on business performance and ensure everyone is hitting their targets.
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