How to Align Constraints

Self-organization can lead to anything, and it’s therefore necessary to protect people and shared resources and to give people a clear purpose and defined goals.

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A self-organizing team must have a shared goal, which can be assigned by the team’s manager.

The best way for the goal to be defined depends on the context but a few ways to help create your goal is to measure it against the SMART principle.

Is your goal?

  • Simple
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Bound

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Most importantly is the goal connected to rewards? (not financial ones) and is it communicated well enough that it guides teams in their work?

It’s a good idea to allow a team to define its own autonomous goal and to compromise on that goal.

Self-organizing teams can also benefit from having a clear boundary list, which defines what teams can do by themselves and at what level they are authorised to perform certain activities.

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