How to split a big group into smaller groups
November 7, 2012 10:52 AM Subscribe
What's a good algorithm by which to split a group of 185 people into groups of 8-10?
posted by rosa to Human Relations (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm organizing a retreat for 185 people who work together. For the first evening, I want to assign people to tables so they don't all sit with the same people they already know (and 1/3 of the group is less than a year with the company, so I want to help them mix). I'd love to be able to split people up by some formula that they can try to work out over the course of dinner.
I had thought to use 2nd letter of last name, but then I mistakenly sent that out to the group in a notes file, so that and anything related to it is out.
I'm limited to information that I can easily get from what I know about my colleagues or from non-confidential information that HR can give me. I can't reasonably scan facebook for favorite movies or similar, given the number of people involved, more's the pity!