A flat organization structure? This is how we started at Sweet Mustard

Agile, teal, self-organising, autonomous teams, flat organisations, new way of working… We all dream to work in such an environment. The question is; how do you create such an open, transparent structure where you don’t lose focus, nor efficiency.
This is how we started at Sweet Mustard.

Sweet Mustard?

  • Sweet Mustard is enabling agile teams to work in state-of-the-art technologies for its customers
  • Sweet Mustard is exactly 1 year old
  • The pillars of Sweet Mustard are
    • Cultivating talent
    • Inspiring community
    • Innovating business
  • There’s no management team or hierarchy

The goal

Last year, while working with 2 or 5 or even 10 colleagues, everything seemed manageable. Of course, when a company grows as fast as Sweet Mustard in 1 year’s time, some obvious growing pains emerge. While being happy about boosting business and rising demands, questions like “how can we keep the right focus and priorities, how do we safeguard our values and core beliefs, how do we continue to work on our pillars and our story” arise.

What we were looking for

Agile, teal, self-organising, autonomous teams, flat organisations, new way of working…
Exactly that. We wanted to keep the feeling of “not coming to work” when we were coming to work. Still having fun with innovating ideas, hackathons, no fixed place or time for work, no managers, planners to tell us what or how to do things.

This is the story of how we set up our flat organization structure


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Story in practical steps on how we did it

Learning Outcome

Hopefully inspiration

Target Audience

Management and leaders looking for inspiration on how to set up a teal / agile organization structure

Prerequisites for Attendees


schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Christen McLemore
    By Christen McLemore  ~  10 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • this topic is interesting and people want to hear about it
    • great that it's coming from employees

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • adding the outline so we can see how the talk will be structured
    • show us that you will engage the audience and provide valuable and possibly actionable advice to others