“People who contribute out of love for the work, shared vision and team camaraderie will surely
out-innovate people who think otherwise.”

With increasing popularity of Agile, Scrum, and Kanban, a lot of awareness is already out there, and much has been written about self-organizing teams.
Still, I always felt there was some disconnect. It somehow didn't match my own first-hand experience of becoming self-organized team (since, nobody made us self-organized, but collectively as a team we became one.)

Thinking deeper on it, I realized that the disconnect exists in the point of view (PoV),  since topic of "Self-Organizing team" is presented as a characteristic of Scrum from Scrum Master’s PoV, whereas “Self-Organization” should come within the team from their own awareness, will, effort, understanding, learning, and evolution.
Self-Organizing is about the team determining how they will respond to their environment.

So I felt there is a need to present this topic in a way that, members of the team can see it from their own PoV and realize the need, benefits, importance, essentials, attributes of a “Self-Organizing”.

During this talk, we will see this topic mainly from Agile / Scrum teams perspective. Also we will touch base on role of other entities (like Scrum Master, Senior Management and Organization) in making of "Self-Organizing team".

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction
  • Self-Organizing from Team’s PoV
  • Importance of Self-Organizing
  • Essentials
  • 6 Parameters of Assessment
  • Characteristics
  • Role of other entities
  • Question & Answers

Learning Outcome

  1. Becoming aware about the perspective to look at topic of "Self-Organizing team"
  2. Knowing the Benefits and Importance of Self-Organizing
  3. Know what are the Essentials of a Self-Organizing team
  4. Know how to assess yourself on 6 parameters of Self-Organizing
  5. Know about role of Scrum Master, Senior Management and Organization in making of "Self-Organizing team"

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Development Team Members

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  9 months ago
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    Self-organization on agile teams is a much frequently discussed topic in agile conferences, and we have had multiple talks on this subject in the past. While the topic is extremely important in its truest sense, it would be far more interesting to know what exactly you are proposing in terms of your real-world experiences - e.g., what were the specific issues that you found unaddressed in your work, and what/how did you address it and create a self-organizing team?  Can you work on your proposal to add more clarity from that viewpoint, and also add a deck around it? The review panel will need more details to understand the unique problem you are discussing as opposed to the generally understood problem at conceptual level (unless you have a breakthrough idea on that, in which case too, we will need the academic rigor a new theory needs)

    • Manish Agrawal
      By Manish Agrawal  ~  9 months ago
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      Thanks Tathagat and the review panel for reviewing my proposal.
      I have also prepared a presentation for this and have uploaded on SlideShare in Private+URL access mode as of now.
      You can check the same here:


      Specific issues I faced w.r.t Self-Organizing teams was 
      • though topic is extremely important, but awareness on this topic is not given due importance
      • Teams didn't had reference to some specific parameters on which they can assess themselves or transition to become Self-Organized

      I think above mentioned deck provides the context on the topic, in terms of "Why part" (Slide 4,5,6), "What part" (Slide 7,8,9, 19 and 20) and "How part" (Slide 7, 10 to 18 and 21 to 24)
      Realization of the importance of this topic from 1st person perspective is the uniqueness of the topic, which looks quite simple and thus many times ignored, but it is very important.

      Pls do let me know, your comments/feedback on the same.

      Thanks again!!

      BR, 
      Manish Agrawal

      On 2 November 2016 at 09:15, Agile India 2017 <info@confengine.com> wrote:
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      Self-organization on agile teams is a much frequently discussed topic in agile conferences, and we have had multiple talks on this subject in the past. While the topic is extremely important in its truest sense, it would be far more interesting to know what exactly you are proposing in terms of your real-world experiences - e.g., what were the specific issues that you found unaddressed in your work, and what/how did you address it and create a self-organizing team?  Can you work on your proposal to add more clarity from that viewpoint, and also add a deck around it? The review panel will need more details to understand the unique problem you are discussing as opposed to the generally understood problem at conceptual level (unless you have a breakthrough idea on that, in which case too, we will need the academic rigor a new theory needs)


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      • Tathagat Varma
        By Tathagat Varma  ~  9 months ago
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        Thanks for sharing more details. From past experience, we expect most participants of Agile India conference to be reasonably aware of the notion of self-organizing, and have had sessions on this topic in the past. Rather than introducing the topic yet again, it would be great to help our participants listen to real-life examples of problems that you solved using some approach to, say, form a self-organizing team, what were the unique challenges, what did you do, what were the key learning and results, and so on. 


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