Coaching self-organizing teams
Self-organization of human beings is a tricky thing. Agile coaches are constantly challenged with how to motivate/persuade/trick their teams into doing things, without telling them what to do, but there is very little information or training on this topic. Allowing a team to self-organize along the lines of “oh well, they’re all adults, they’ll figure it out” is just as irresponsible as reverting to the command-and control school of management. This tutorial presents an approach utilizing leading-edge research and techniques from social complexity science and team dynamics.
This tutorial will be held as a talk interspersed with exercises and discussion, allowing us to address real needs of attendees. Due to the nature of the topic, and of the exercises, attendance should be limited to 50 people.
- An understanding of the social psychological and complexity aspects of teams
- Sense-making models for analysing teams and situations
- A method for designing non-intrusive interventions for changing team dynamics
- Learn what’s really needed to get people to work together as teams