The role of leaders and managers has changed from the models we got used to in “traditional” project management, and so has the way development teams work to generate business value.
Self-organization is an elusive management concept (how can we organize something that is supposed to organize itself?) which has profound business and organizational implications.
It taps into the collective intelligence of the team, so that people can come up with better solutions in a shorter time; it distributes control, to avoid decisional bottlenecks and let the project move faster; it relies on the socio-relational skills of the team, but it also relies on transparency, clear processes and shared goals to define the boundaries of delegation; and the greater autonomy promotes engagement and team learning.
Agile leaders who really understand these dynamics will take care of facilitating the value stream (represented by the development teams) by providing the necessary support and resources; they will provide guidance and a shared goal by sharing the “why”and the “what”, with more trust and less control on “how” that goal should be achieved; and they will be able to create an ecosystem where the business advantage of effective self-organization can manifest.
Effective self-organization changes the leader/team dynamics and the teammate/teammate ones. To reap the full benefits of Agile and Lean you need to understand these subtle dynamics and be able to implement them effectively in your organization.
• Increase the productivity of your teams by greater participation and simpler decision-making processes
• Create a learning environment where knowledge is shared, and reduce the risk of operational bottlenecks
• Promote alignment to the organization’s business goals and get more focus on the most valuable activities
• Leverage diversity (gender, nationality, background, personality, etc.) to create smarter and more efficient teams
• Understand and manage the cultural blocks to self-organization, such as: blaming culture; fear of responsibility; fear of losing status; personal and unconscious agendas; guidance vs. command
• Get involved in practical, guided exercises that you can later use in your own organization
Who This Is For
• Team Leaders
• Team Members
• Scrum Masters
• Agile Coaches
• Project Managers
• Product Managers
• IT Executives
• The business case for self-organization
• Self-organization fundamentals: transparency and trust
• Seeding a local culture: working agreements and visualization tools
• Diversity as a success factor for smarter teams
• Improving communication, participation and commitment
• Promoting engagement through autonomy and mastery
• How self-organization differs in co-located and distributed teams
• Identity, Personal Responsibility and gratitude as catalyzers for self-organization
• Moving out of a blaming culture and of personal agendas
• A leader’s systemic view of self-organizing teams
• Feedback loops in self-organizing teams: Inspect and Adapt
• Understanding the Value Stream
• Managers as leaders, facilitators and enablers
• Co-creating and aligning to shared goals
• Positioning leaders at the proper guidance level
• The mechanisms for safe and effective delegation
• Turning conflict into learning opportunities
About The Trainer
Andrea Provaglio is an Agile consultant and coach with over twenty years of professional experience, who had clients in three different continents and worked with organizations ranging from the United Nations to small and dynamics IT companies.
He assists those companies, executives, managers, leaders and technical teams who appreciate the business value of effective knowledge work, and want to evolve into healthier and more modern organizational and cultural models, including Agile and Lean.
Andrea worked in the US on a O-1 visa for “extraordinary abilities in Sciences”, is a member of the Society for Organizational Learning, owns CSM and CSPO certifications and was one of the founding members of the Italian Chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).
He also has over 500 hours of formal training on one-to-one counseling and on the dynamics of social systems, from families to organizations.
Andrea enjoys sharing what he knows by speaking at major international Agile and Lean conferences, where he’s generally appreciated for his public speaking and communication skills, in addition to the insightful contents he presents.
You can find more info about Andrea here.
TrainerAndrea Provaglio, @andreaprovaglio