21322Re: Self organization. How?
- May 2, 2007--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Peter Hundermark"
>Concerns of this general type suggest an organizational culture in
> --- In email@example.com, Nicholas Cancelliere
> <nickaustin74@> wrote:
> > What makes senior developers any more effective at self-
> > Nicholas
> This question is troubling me too. We have been using Scrum for a few
> months now and senior management continues not to trust teams to self-
> organise. Perhaps more accurately they do not trust that the delivery
> of a self-organised team is optimised.
> So I hear statements like: "If I created a team comprising only
> experienced people, they would self-organise to do the work
> efficiently, but I don't think an inexperienced (or mixed) team can
> do this. We must retain a Project Leader role [within the team] who
> will tell the team what to do when they fail to self-organise." Even
> good PO's appear to be be frustrated by their inability to direct the
> team [via a single point of contact - the PL]. The SM is seen as a
> feminine/motherhood role lacking in 'fatherly' qualities.
which processes and tools are deemed more important than people and
their interactions. It sounds as if (and I've seen this happen, too)
management is willing to give Scrum a try only as long as it is easy,
and nothing goes awry. As soon as there are problems, their immediate
response will be to fall back to a command-and-control approach.
It's possible that a program of education/coaching will be necessary
to help management understand how and why self-organization works.
Maybe a custom workshop or seminar would help get the management team
over the initial conceptual hurdles, and following up with a long-term
program of ongoing coaching would help propagate and institutionalize
the new way of thinking.
> Ken [Schwaber] often says you can take a cr*p team and in a monthWhether a "leadership vacuum" is perceived may depend on how
> they'll deliver you cr*p (my paraphrase), but this does not directly
> address the perceived leadership vacuum propagated by Scrum.
"leadership" is perceived. See
What do they really mean when they say, "leadership?"
> So my questions are (I think):Yes (and yes).
> 1. Does work (and life) experience influence a team's ability to self-
> 2. How does one accommodate an organisation's anxiety about theWhether a "loss of control" is perceived may depend on how "control"
> perceived loss of control that Scrum brings about.
is perceived. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusion_of_control
What do they really mean when they say, "control?"
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