My micro-blogging has gone from being in the back seat of priorities to being out past the trailer, riding on a skateboard hanging on to a rope tied to the axle. That being said, the topic of self-organization keeps launching itself onto my windshield like a southern cicada in August, so it’s time to take to ye old keyboard.
Let’s clear some of the proverbial air around self-organization by understanding the origin of the concept. It did not suddenly find itself inside of agile principle #11 one morning after a bender.
Improving Accountability and Predictability of Delivery in Agile Teams
In Henrik Kniberg’s Agile Product Owner in a Nutshell video, he draws the Venn diagram that illustrates what agile teams are challenged with every day: Building the right thing, building the thing right, and building it fast. Ideally we want to stay in the zen-like balance of having all three in equal parts. The trouble is, building software is a team sport and teams are made up of humans, not robots (no offense to robots). We have to focus on the people to understand the team and its performance if we want to stay within the nucleus of the agile Venn.
With that as our goal, let’s take our concept of building “the thing” and replaced it with “the team.” Read More »