Team Formation (Self-Selection) – A real life experiment (Making cross functional, self-organized, long-lived scrum teams)

It is proved that motivated & happy employees produce better & faster results for the benefit of organization. At the same time it is difficult for leaders to continuously motivate people.

Team Formation (Self-selection) is an exercise in which every employee (team member) chooses which team they want to work for, with whom they want to work for.

I have implemented this recently with one program where 4 scrum teams are supposed to get formed. I will share the way we have approached it & the experience from it.


Outline/Structure of the Case Study

  • What is Team Formation?
  • History
  • Benefits
  • Pre-requisites
  • Our experience
  • Challenges
  • Learning’s from our experiments

Learning Outcome

Participants will understand how to do team formations – The structured and innovative approach to build cross functional, self-organized, long-lived stable teams who will deliver continuous customer value for an organization.

Target Audience

Agile coaches, senior leaders in the organization, managers, scrum masters, developers, testers etc.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants should have some knowledge of agile ways of working.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Rahul Sharma
    By Rahul Sharma  ~  1 year ago
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    Self selection is a nice topic. Though smaller the organisation, easier to do this practically. Financial institutions generally run away from this though. Prashant, can you please send the slides or material to me, I will share with the review panel, I see we didn't provide an email address to you to share this info. Please email me on



  • Bhuvan Misra
    By Bhuvan Misra  ~  1 year ago
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    Interesting topic. Self-selection could also lead to specialist teams and not necessarily cross-functional ones. For the sake of clarity, does the session assume that only feature teams need to be created in the Organization? Some more information around the ground rules, working agreements (facilitation for team formation) would help better understand the overall approach and flow for this talk.


  • Mayuresh Deshpande
    By Mayuresh Deshpande  ~  1 year ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • ...

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • ...Prashant, 
    • Where are slides or any documents on this paper for us to review?
  • Manjunatha M S Rao
    By Manjunatha M S Rao  ~  1 year ago
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    Thanks for submission Prashant. Review panel would like to know few more details like results of this experiment, draft slides, anything new or unique about this approach which is not tried and tested by the industry.. Thanks

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  1 year ago
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      Sure Manju, let me know where to send draft slides & how can we discuss the same?