Be Empowered (That’s an Order !) “Experience the Dynamics and the Paradoxes of Self-Organizing Teams”
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- Bossavit L., Gaillot E. (2004) Be Empowered (That’s an Order !) “Experience the Dynamics and the Paradoxes of Self-Organizing Teams”. In: Eckstein J., Baumeister H. (eds) Extreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering. XP 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3092. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
“The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams,” argues the Agile Manifesto. Yet the opposite principle is built into the corporate model of collaboration: “someone has to be boss” – sometimes to the extent of attempting to mandate self-organization! Self-organization cannot be decreed from above, but conditions can be created which favor it; one such condition is that team members have experience with and can recognize self-organization. Drawing on lessons from the theatre, this workshop will provide just such an experience, as well as explore the conditions of self-organization.