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What are the characteristics Self Organizing Teams ?

by Srinivas Saripalli

A self organizing teams in SCRUM or from any AGILE superset determines how it works. The practise of this varies widely:

  • The Scrum Team own their processes. The process is not to blame. They alter things that aren’t effective and test the hindering organisational processes.
  • The Scrum Team decides on a Sprint Goal together. Developers set their own forecasted work in Sprints. Work teams decide how they will collaborate.
  • Challenges and impediments aren’t put on the agenda of the Daily Scrum.
  • Developers choose when and how to swarm problems that endanger the Sprint Goal.
  • Team members update their Sprint Backlog to reflect current progress and new learning.
  • Each Scrum Team takes responsibility for implementing the short-term measurable commitments made in each Sprint.
  • The Scrum Team members handle their own disagreements and conflicts.

A Scrum Team makes decisions based on consensus. They research whether to use outside expertise.
Effective self-organization requires clear goals, accountability, and boundaries. The team’s effectiveness may decline if any of these conditions are met.

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