As a team grows, inclusion becomes harder.
When we were a very small startup, our engineering team was 3 people. With a small team, it makes sense to include the team in decisions. Not including an individual team member accidentally sends a strong message about their value and contribution.
As we grow as a business, inclusion needs to adapt also. It’s no longer feasible to include every team member in every decision.
The impact on any individual diminishes, as they are no longer the only member left out.
This is a mindset shift, and it feels uncomfortable to start with, but is required to make efficient progress as we change team size.