Discussion Agile and Self-Organizing Teams
The rise of the Agile methodology for managing projects popularized the concept of self-organizing teams. Self-organizing teams are teams with individuals who are able to manage work by themselves instead of waiting for work to be assigned by a manager in order to achieve a common objective. Here are some qualities that self-organizing teams possess.
Autonomy: Self-organizing teams make their own decisions on how they will accomplish their work/objective instead of being directed by a manager.
Accountability: Every individual in a self-organizing team is responsible and accountable for his or her own work that will contribute to the success of the team as a whole.
Collaboration: Self-organizing teams work together to achieve a common objective. They will frequently share knowledge, skills and ideas to accomplish the objective.
Continuous improvement: Self-organizing teams seek to continuously learn and grow as a team and constantly explore approaches to improve their outcomes.
Communication: Members of a self-organizing team share their thoughts and ideas, and be open to feedback from others. Open and honest communication is essential for self-organizing teams to work efficiently and effectively.
Trust: Members of a self-organizing team trust each other to deliver their own work and to contribute towards the team's goals. The trust allows them to work together effectively and overcome challenges as a group.
What are the other qualities of a self-organizing team that you think the team and the members should possess?