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Teams and teamwork are the heart and soul of every project. This is especially true for agile teams. It is not the individual performance or accomplishment that counts but that of the team. Just ...

Teams and teamwork are the heart and soul of every project. This is especially true for agile teams. It is not the individual performance or accomplishment that counts but that of the team. Just like in team sports the team succeeds and fails together. The Agile Manifesto puts the team at the center of interaction. It states, “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” But what does “self-organizing” mean? Does “self-organizing” mean that team building is no longer necessary and that instead the teams do this by themselves? And, if teams are self-organizing why do so many teams and projects still fail?

NOTE: This is the official handout of my presentation at the PMI Global Congress North America 2012 in Vancouver, BC, Canada (Session AGL14 on October 21, 2012). Please mail your feedback to tj@thomasjuli.com

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The Power and Illusion of Self-Organizing Teams The Power and Illusion of Self-Organizing Teams Presentation Transcript

  • The Power and Illusion of Self-Organizing Teams Session AGL14 Sunday, October 21, 2012Dr. Thomas Juli, PMP , CSM ® ®Thomas Juli Empowerment Partners & i-Sparks Picture © Stephanie Hofschläger | Pixelio.de
  • Variations of team’s scope and authority Self- Self- Manager- organized governing led teams teams teams © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved 2
  • 7 Preconditions for Unleashing thePower of Self-Organizing Teams 1 - Purpose and vision 2 - Passion 3 - Cross-functional teams 4 - Empowerment 5 - Responsibility and accountability 6 - Acknowledgement 7 - Let it happen! © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reservedThomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Petra Bork | Pixelio.de 3 © 2012 by 3
  • 1 - Develop a compelling purpose and vision of and for your project and team © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © WRW | Pixelio.de 4
  • 2 - Nourish passionin your purpose and vision © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Paulwip | Pixelio.de 5
  • 3 - Develop cross-functional teams © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © S. Hofschläger | Pixelio.de 6
  • 4 – Empower your team © 2012 by Thomas Juli;by Thomas Juli 7 © 2011 all rights reserved Picture © Sabrina Gonstalla | Pixelio.de 7
  • 5 - Team responsibility and accountability © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Stephanie Hofschlaeger | Pixelio.de 8
  • 6 - Acknowledgeperformance, contributions and results© 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/2v632h6 9
  • 7 – Let it happen! © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved 10
  • The Power of Self-Organizing Teams7 Success Factors1 - Purpose and vision2 - Passion3 - Cross-functional teams4 - Empowerment5 - Responsibility and accountability6 - Acknowledgement7 - Let it happen! © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Stephanie Hofschlaeger / Pixelio.de 11
  • 7 factors that make self-organizing teamsan illusion 1 - No management support 2 - Avoiding responsibility 3 - Traditional management 4 - Distrust 5 - Disrespect 6 - Impatience 7 - Lack of purpose and vision Picture © Petra Bork | Pixelio.de 12 © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved
  • 1 - No management support © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Jurec | Pixelio.de 13
  • 2- Avoiding team responsibility© 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/9czfhge 14
  • 3 - Traditional management or the death of empowerment I am the boss! © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Cornerstone | Pixelio.de 15
  • 4 - Distrust © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Gerd Altmann | Pixelio.de 16
  • 5 - Disrespect © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Gerd Altmann | Pixelio.de 17
  • Nurture Collaboration “Players win games, teams win championships.” Bill Taylor © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Photo retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/2w3ynjt 18
  • 6 - Impatience with continuous improvement © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Dieter Schütz| Pixelio.de The Good and Evil of 19
  • Fail Early to Learn Quickly © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved 20
  • Fail Early to Learn Quickly and learn from your successes © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved 21
  • Actively create the conditions for a culture of learning** Note: Farmers don‘t grow crops. They create the conditions for crops to grow. © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Michael Ottersbach| Pixelio.de 22
  • 7 - Lack of purpose and vision © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Anja Semling | Pixelio.de 23
  • The Power & The Illusionof Self-Organizing Teams © 2012 by 2012 by Thomasrightsall rights reserved © Thomas Juli; all Juli; reserved 24
  • The Power & The Illusion of Self-Organizing Teams7 Success Factors 7 Failure Factors1 - Purpose and vision 1 - No management support2 - Passion 2 - Avoiding responsibility3 - Cross-functional teams 3 - Traditional management4 - Empowerment 4 - Distrust5 - Responsibility and 5 - Disrespect accountability 6 - Impatience for continuous6 - Acknowledgement improvement7 - Let it happen! 7 - Lack of purpose and vision © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved 25
  • Your Experience© 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Friederikchen | Pixelio.de 26
  • Let‘s Play! © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © Verena N. | Pixelio.de 27
  • Common Ground© 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved 28
  • Common GroundSo, you have an idea for social change? Do something about it! © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved
  • Too many ideas? Start right here © 2012 by Thomas Juli; all rights reserved Picture © ESA/Hubble & NASA 30
  • Growing Ideas Into Projects For Success Idea(s) for Community of and for Setting up and social change • Individuals executing projects • Non-profit organizations for success • Small businesses 1. IDEAS 2. INSPIRATION 3. INNOVATION © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved 31
  • Ideas Phase In the Ideas phase you describe your challenge and/or idea for social change. i-Sparks helps you assess the root cause of the challenge, develop a vision statement and derive an initial project objectives statement.© 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • The 3 phases of growing ideas into projects for successPHASE 1. IDEAS • Assessing Motivation (5 Why‘s) • Building Vision • Deriving initialACTIONS Project objectives MVPRESULTS • Motivation • Vision • Project proposal © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • Inspiration PhaseIn the Inspiration phase you share the results of the Ideas phase with the i-Sparks community. You invite others to finetune your motivation, vision andproject statements and thus help build a foundation for project success. © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • The 3 phases of growing ideas into projects for successPHASE 2. INSPIRATION • Sharing MVP with community • Identifying possible matches of MVPs andACTIONS people (interests, skills, e tc.) • Identifying synergy effects across MVPs M • Enhancing / refining MVP V P • Matches of ideasRESULTS / problems, projec ts, people • Refined MVP • Project proposal © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • Innovation PhaseIn the Innovation phase you form your project team and set up the project forsuccess. i-Sparks facilitates this process and even helps you find thenecessary resources for your project to take off successfully. © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • The 3 phases of growing ideas into projects for successPHASE 3. INNOVATION • Team forming & norming • Project setup: Qualifying project scope, developingACTIONS project approach with respect to collaboration, perfor mance, learning, resu lts • Crowdfunding • Executing project • Prototyping, deliv ering interim results • Project teamRESULTS • Project setup • Project funding • Project results © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • Self-Organizing, High Performance, Fun © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • Project SuccessProject Success is not limited to the final and successful outcomes of thethree i-Sparks phases. It is an ongoing process ofdiscovering, sharing, learning and celebrating ideas, inspiration and innovationfor social change. © 2012 by Thomas Juli, all rights reserved
  • i-Sparks is an online community that helps people and organizations interested in social change grow their ideas into projects for success. Dr. Thomas Juli Founder and President, i-Sparks Managing Director, Thomas Juli Empowerment Partners Email: tjuli@i-sparks.com tj@thomasjuli.com Web: www.i-Sparks.net www.ThomasJuli.com www.TheProjectLeadershipPyramid.net Twitter: i_sparks, thomasjuliAdditional information and whitepaper available at http://thomasjuli.wordpress.com/conferences/ 40