Adventures in Autonomy: Pushing the Boundaries of Self-Managed Teams

Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.

You know these principles from the Agile Manifesto, but are you taking them as far as you can? In his book “Reinventing Organizations”, Frederic Laloux writes about organizations who have successfully pushed past conventional boundaries in three broad areas. One of those areas is self-management. Scattered around the world, and in a great variety of industries, the companies Laloux profiles have explored radical self-management, achieving incredible things despite removing all positional authority. Or, in English: rocking it with no bosses. This is challenging enough when you build a company with this approach from the ground up; but how do you make the shift in an established company? In this talk, I will focus on my company’s adventures to date in breaking through boundaries of self-management.


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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction to Reinventing Organizations and the Teal Breakthroughs
  • Self-Management Success Stories
  • Exercise: Advice Process
  • Two Major Hurdles
    • The Path
    • Value Chain Length
  • Exercise: Beliefs about people
  • Building around what you believe
  • Pilot Design
  • Results/Next Steps

Learning Outcome

  • Awareness of radical ideas some are trying
  • Understanding of the advice process
  • Ideas of how to take early steps
  • Results of experiment on teams with long value chains

Target Audience

Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Executives, Team Members

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