Leading Self-Organising Teams

| by Siegfried Kaltenecker Follow 2 Followers on Mar 23, 2015

About the Author

Siegfried Kaltenecker is the joint managing director of Loop Consultancy, specialising in organisation and leadership development and based in Vienna.
As an expert in lean and agile change management, Sigi has already been involved with multiple international companies such as Alcatel,, eSailors, Kaba, ImmoScout24, Magna, RWE, Swiss Federal Railways, and Thales Group. He is a certified systemic organisation consultant, ScrumMaster, Scrum Product Owner, and Kanban Coaching Professional. Sigi co-edits the Platform for Agile Management (, has authored various articles on lean and agile topics and is co-author of Kanban Change Leadership, which will be published in English in 2015.

What are self-organising teams? Why do we need them? How can we effectively lead in a self-organising environment?

This workbook provides practice-based answers to these questions. Focused on helping lean and agile professionals to improve, these answers offer a clear understanding of what self-organisation is about and why we need it to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The author gives an overview on the cornerstones of so-called leadership as a team sport and wants to encourage you to make good use of the broad collection of proven tools he offers.

By combining fundamentals (the “why”), specific values and capabilities (the “what”), and practical tools (the “how”), this book tries to be as much of a cookbook as possible. Its recipes are based on the following ingredients:

  1. a clear definition of self-organisation;
  2. a simple model for leading self-organising teams, consisting of values, capabilities and tools;
  3. four core values: commitment, simplicity, respect and courage;
  4. four core capabilities: focusing, designing, facilitating, and changing;
  5. a broad variety of tools to realise your capabilities.

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Table of Contents

  • Why this workbook?
  • Self-organising teams
  • A model for leading self-organising teams
  • Values of leading self-organising teams
  • Capabilities for leading self-organising teams
  • Tools for focusing
  • Tools for designing
  • Tools for facilitating
  • Tools for changing
  • References
  • About the author and acknowledgments