Importance of self-organization

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📺 GET INSPIRED 💬 A typical self-organizing job-sharing team should embrace these traits: focus, collaboration and much more.

Self-organization was the main topic of our sixth community call on Friday 22nd May. 

A typical self-organizing job-sharing team should embrace these traits:

Focus: Dedicate a certain time slot when you’re most productive for finishing your tasks. Block your calendar, amend any disturbance, and use the Pomodoro technique. 

Ownership: Generally the team is a group of mature individuals who take initiatives and work for themselves and don’t wait for their leader to assign work. This ensures a greater sense of ownership and commitment.

Motivation: Team motivation is the key to success. Team members should be focused on and interested in their work.

Teamwork: The team can manage their own work with regards to task allocation, task estimation, story development and testing and delivery of a successful sprint as a group. They should work as a team rather than as a group of individuals. Teamwork is encouraged.

Coaching: The team is left to do what they’re best at and they don’t require “command and control.”

Trust and respect: Team members trust and respect each other. They believe in collective code ownership and testing and are ready to go the extra mile to help each other resolve issues.

Commitment: Communication and most importantly committed individuals are vital in a self-organizing team. Team members communicate more with each other, and are fully committed to delivering their tasks individually and as a group. There are various team ceremonies, especially in an agile setup, such as the daily stand-up meeting, sprint planning, review, and retrospection, which encourages team discussions.

Collaboration: The team understands that to deliver software successfully, they should understand the requirements and aren’t afraid to ask questions to get their doubts clarified. Constant collaboration with other team members is essential.

Competency: Individuals need to be competent for the job at hand. This will result in confidence in their work and will eliminate the need for direction from above.

Improvements: Continuously improving their own skills and recommend innovative ideas and improvements.

Continuity: A new team takes a while to mature and become self-organized. Over time, they can understand their working habits as a team, so changing its composition every now and then doesn’t help. It is best to have the team members working together for a reasonable duration.

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