Self-organization - an important ingredient in creating "performing" teams

Self-organization, also called spontaneous order (in the social sciences), is a process - where
some form of "overall order" arises from local interactions between parts of an "initially
disordered" system.

The result of "self-organization", is a wholly decentralized and distributed over all the components of the system. Such an organization is typically robust and is able to survive or self-repair substantial perturbation.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Presentation outline -

  1. A picture is worth a thousand words: Look at a visual illustration about self-organization:
    • Participants to share what comes to their mind when they see this picture (on a post-it note)
    • Discuss the behavioral aspect evident from the image
    • Benefits of the behavior
  2. Talk about self-organization (in a more generic sense); characteristic of this behavior and the resulting benefit(s)
  3. "Collective animal behavior" as an example of self-organization and "emergent properties"
  4. Lastly, in discussion, summarize the learnings from 1, 2 & 3 above and how it relates with self-organization in Agile context

Learning Outcome

A better understanding of self-organization and how it's a key ingredient to team development and in creating "performing" teams.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in learning how to create "performing" teams

Prerequisites for Attendees

Some common sense

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