Overcoming Self-organization Blocks
We know that self-organization is a critical aspect of every successful Agile project and we know that it takes trust, respect, openness and responsibility; so why many teams have a hard time to achieve it? Self-organization changes the leader/team dynamics and the teammate/teammate ones. Resistance may arise and the source is frequently rooted in mental habits, such as a latent blaming culture, confusing guidance and command, fear of taking responsibility or losing status, unconscious personal agendas.
This is the presentation-style version of the Leading Self-organizing Teams half-day workshop that I also submitted. It includes a smaller set of interactive activities, compared to the half-day, workshop, aimed mainly at developing an understanding of the social skills required to enhance self-organization in a group, as well as some the practicalities that are needed.
I've presented the talk part of the workshop several times at conferences in Europe. The general feedback is that it provides good insights and twists into the topic, going beyond the common chit-chat about self-organization.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
* Creating team’s cohesion; counteracting division
* Identifying a latent blaming culture and its causes
* Understanding the manager’s and team’s roadblocks to self-organization
* Making your team collaborate more smoothly
team members, team leaders, managers, executives, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches