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What is the difference between an formal and an informal team?

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First I have no idea what the two terms mean: formal team and informal team. Can you please explain them concisely? Second what is the difference between a formal and an informal team?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

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Formal teams are teams that are clearly structured with focus on specialty. By "structured" I mean that everyone has a rank; team members in a formal team are not thought of as equal: so you have a manager, you have the team leader, you have the developers (senior and junior), you have the artists, etc... The manager distributes the tasks to the team members based on their specialty, so advanced developers will get complicated tasks, and junior developers will get easy tasks, etc...

Informal teams have not structure whatsoever and they do not focus on specialty. There is no manager/leader; team members are completely equal in informal teams. Since there is no specialty, it means that any task done by one team member can be done any other team member as well. Informal teams are common in startups, where all the people involved are equal and have the same skills.
answered 6 years ago by TheManager (6,220 points)

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