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9Y Vocabulary

  • Activity. A “thing” that the company does. Read The Handbook

  • Squad. The group of people who are tasked with delivering an Activity. (formerly: Team)

  • Role. The manifest that gives people responsibilities and power.

  • Gameplan. Basically a manifest that describes a process.

  • Team. A group of people who often work together, like the Product Team. (formerly: Clan)

  • School. A group of people who represent a discipline at 9Y, e.g. Engineering.

  • Team Leader (aka TL)Head. The person responsible for the entire Team.

  • Team Lead. The person who is responsible for a Team. (formerly: Clan) School Leader (aka SL)part of a Team.

  • School Head. The person responsible for the entire School.

  • School Lead. The person who is responsible for part of a School.Management Member (aka MM). When you want to refer to a Team or School leader in the generic sense

  • Activity Lead. The mini-CEO for a project. This person runs the squad and is ultimately responsible for the project. See AL: Activity Lead .

  • Management. The group of all the Team and School Leaderscompany-level squad that works on management topics; basically the management board.

  • All Leads. The company-level Squad that’s responsible for most company-level decisions.

  • Core Team. All team members of 9Y (regardless of their location).

  • OKR. A document that formalises large company objectives, and is given from Management to Team/School leaders as their "work assignment". It grants them powers such as team members, and money spending powers. It also lays out targets they must achieve.

  • Culture Club. The squad (that changes on a rotating basis), to discuss and implement new initiatives that we do to continue to make this a great place to work.

  • Activity Lead (AL). Short for AL: Activity Lead .

  • Townhall. Used to be a meeting where the whole company would meet to collectively discuss potential improvements. We no longer hold these meetings, as its purpose has been superseded by other formats.

  • Roundtable. Our monthly company wide meeting. We talk about things that happened, things we’re considering, changes we’re making, big projects we landed, etc.

  • WYNTK. What you need to know. The monthly update that gets posted in the core channel to let everyone know about the big things that happened last month.

  • 1::1. The regular private/confidential session that you have with either your Team or School Leader to talk about whatever you want.

  • Playbook. Our company wide knowledge base. Where we record how we do things. Most of it is open to the public.

  • Special Leave. Extra paid time off that does not consume your vacation. See Special Leave

  • Career Preview / Performance Review. The regular session that you have with both your Team and School Leaders to talk about how well you're performing.

  • 9yards. When you say this, you have to put 1 EUR into the jar. Jokes aside, that's what our company was initially called, before we rebranded ourselves as to 9Y.Foundation. Our in-

  • house data graph that connects all of our different tools like Jira, Clockify, Google Drive, etc. together. It lets us build one giant data graph that represents everything that we do as a company. Still in its early phases of developmentHeadquarters. We don’t have that. We’re a globally distributed team and no location is more important than any other.

  • Job. At 9Y, you have flexible Roles, but you still typically only have one main career. We call that your Job.

  • Job Grade. The level of your job at 9Y.

  • Job Grade Matrix. This is the matrix that shows our different careers and the steps the requirements for each level.

  • Team & School Roster. The roster that shows all Teams and Schools and which Job fall into which.Playbook. Our company wide knowledge base. Where we record how we do things. Most of it is open to the public.


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