Teams are self-organizing. That is not a statement of preference or intention; rather, it is a statement of objective fact.

Agile practices, like Scrum, XP, OpenSpace Agility, and liberating structures are among a very small number of management frameworks which acknowledge that self-organization is natural. The Manifesto for Software Development asserts that the quality of decisions and the value of outcomes increase when stakeholders collaborate with and trust the wisdom of their teams.

The opposite is also true: the manifesto implies that the common misbehaviours of managers (intervention, command & control) have costly consequences.

We will examine self-organization in teams and explore examples of self-organization in the workplace. Strong opinions are welcome.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Lecture. Facilitated discussion.

Learning Outcome

You will learn strategies to better manage the work environment to support Agile teams and enable successful self-organization.

Target Audience

Managers, Team Members

schedule Submitted 4 months ago

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