Self-Organising Teams are Never Random
A key principle of the Agile Manifesto is self-organising teams. When your team has the ability to organise itself to accomplish goals, it can produce the best architecture, requirements, designs, and overall results.
What are Self-Organising Teams?
A self-organising team is one that doesn’t require or depend on a manager to assign work for them. This team knows how to look for issues that need to be addressed, and they know how to design a workflow that ensures problems are rapidly identified and solved. They can also manage each member’s responsibilities and timelines. However, they are more than just a team that finds work and completes them. A self-organising team also looks for the most effective and efficient way to complete the task. Improvement is a crucial component of this team, and they perform experiments to ensure that the team and the work progress over time. Because of the level of work that a self-organising team requires to operate successfully, its members must be able to take full responsibility and ownership of the work. Furthermore, the whole team should have constant communication and trust in the capabilities of every individual on the team. It is important to note, though, that even though these teams do not require a manager to provide a list of tasks and track their deadlines, they do require a mentor who can help their skills grow.
Who should I pick for a Self-Organising Team?
One thing is for certain – your self-organising team should not be put together randomly. Because of the weight of the responsibility that the team carries, you should make sure that all of the members of the team should be the right person for the right position.
Here are key pointers to note in choosing your team:
A self-organising team is cross-functional; thus, you need to include people from different disciplines. This ensures that the combination of their skills set can transform your projects from idea to execution.
You should combine different skill levels on your team. If you have a balance between your teams, you can make sure that tasks are delegated properly to the right person. If you have, for example, senior developers working on the project, they might have to work on low-level code - not the best use of your resources. Having a junior developer on the team means they can work on the beginner level code and that they can learn from their seniors.
As with skills, you should balance the domain knowledge of your teams. It is not forbidden to create a team of domain experts; however, in the long-run, it is vital for you to build domain knowledge throughout your whole organisation.
It is not all about skill sets. Your self-organising teams have to learn how to work well together, so it is essential that you consider their past experiences. Have they worked together in the past? Was it a success? Your new team doesn’t necessarily have to be a fresh start. If they have successfully worked together in the past, it would be smart to have them work together again.
Because your teams have different goals to achieve, it is crucial for business owners to understand that they will have various ways of organising themselves – and that’s perfectly fine. They will have their own ways of deciding how to reach their goals best. As long as you’ve chosen the right mix of people for your team, trained the team, and maintain continuous mentoring, you will be setting up your self-organising team for success. All of these factors play a role in creating a capable self-organising team that will get things done the most efficient way possible. Nothing is left to chance – it is all hard work and perseverance. Creating these teams for your company may take time, but the results would be worth it. April9 Digital Consulting is made up of high-level IT professionals who specialise in the best practices of multiple business industries. Need guidance on how to establish self-organising teams that will help drive sales and revenue to your company? Or just want to skip the hassle and hire ours? Contact us today and let's talk about your business.