Why Do We Need Self-Organising Teams?

Posted on by Brandon Klein

“The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organising teams”, the Agile Manifesto announces. This raises a few questions: What are self-organising teams? Why do we need them? What difference do self-organising teams make? How can we support self-organisation? Could there be any way to help this special kind of teamwork to emerge?

Surprisingly, there is relatively little material on what self-organising teams are about and how to support them effectively. Organisational development consultant Sigi Kaltenecker and agile coach Peter Hundermark are writing a short book “Leading Self-Organising Teams” to be published by InfoQ later in 2014.

This is the second in a series of articles that will connect readers with the topic. The series began with “what are self-organising teams?”. This article focusses on “why do we need self-organising teams?”. The third and final article will be “what is Leading Self-Organising Teams all about?”.