Turning up the heat – techniques for self-organizing teams

A session at Scandinavian Agile Conference 2011

Self-organisation is one of the most misunderstood concepts used in agile practice. If people really understood the dynamics of self-organising systems, they most probably would avoid trying to use it. Instead, they (mis-)apply some ideas, close their eyes, wish real hard, hope that magic happens, and then use the term “unintended consequences” to describe the result.

In this talk, we’ll explore what self-organisation actually is and why teams don’t self-organise, we’ll discuss what we hope self-organisation will do with and for our teams, and you’ll learn practical ways to achieve the benefits of self-organisation without suffering the unintended consequences of it.

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Joseph Pelrine

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