Balancing Individual and Collaborative Work in Agile Teams
- 2.2k Downloads
In the agile approach, the self-organizing team itself decides how work is coordinated. For individuals in a team to be motivated and satisfied with their job they need to have control over their work and over the scheduling and implementation of their own tasks. However, individual and team level autonomy may conflict, and reduce the effectiveness of the team. Therefore, there is a need to investigate how to achieve empowerment at the individual and team levels simultaneously. An Australian software developer, Atlassian, has developed an interesting way of solving these problems with FedEx Day. Once every three months, developers get a day to work on whatever they like! Like an express courier, a developer must deliver something in a day. Developers then present their work to the rest of the company. Some of this work then ends up getting incorporated into the products.
Keywordsteamwork individual work autonomy self-managing self-organizing agile software development scrum XP FedEx day case study
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 5.Foss, K., Foss, N., Klein, P.: Original and Derived Judgment: An Entrepreneurial Theory of Economic Organization. Organization Studies 28, 1–20 (2007)Google Scholar
- 6.Boehm, B.W., Turner, R.: Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed. Addison-Wesley, Reading (2003)Google Scholar
- 9.Trist, E.: The evolution of socio-technical systems: a conceptual framework and an action research program. Ontario Quality of Working Life Centre, Ontario (1981)Google Scholar
- 13.Tata, J., Prasad, S.: Team Self-management, Organizational Structure, and Judgments of Team Effectiveness. Journal of Managerial Issues 16, 248–265 (2004)Google Scholar
- 16.Deci, E., Ryan, R., Gagne, M., Leone, D., Usunov, J., Kornazheva, B.: Need Satisfaction, Motivation, and Well-Being in the Work Organizations of a Former Eastern Bloc Country: A Cross-Cultural Study of Self-Determination. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 27, 930 (2001)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- 22.Yin, R.K.: Case study research: design and methods. Sage, Thousand Oaks (2009)Google Scholar
- 23.Morgan, G.: Images of Organizations. SAGE publications, Thousand Oaks (2006)Google Scholar