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Coaching Self-Organizing Teams



Self-organization is a tricky thing. Agile coaches are challenged with how to motivate/persuade/trick their teams into self-organizing and doing things, without telling them what to do. This tutorial presents an approach utilizing leading-edge research and techniques from social complexity science and team dynamics to change the dynamics of a team with the aim of optimizing their work together.


Joseph Pelrine is a computer and social complexity scientist, C*O of MetaProg, a company devoted to increasing the quality of software and its development process, and managing partner at CATeams, a company applying leading-edge psychological and social complexity techniques optimizing team dynamics. His work focus is on field of social complexity science and its application to Agile processes.

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Nov 10, 2009

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  • Burned vegetables are hard to cook.

    by Dandik M,

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    Would love the “soup story” to be extended with a carrot, which was burned and goes all the way down to jelly state. This is what I’ve seen many times. After burned once it is much harder to boil you till “creative” state again. Be careful about it.

    Thanks for the grate talk.

  • Great talk but slides are not working from about 15 minutes in

    by Michael K Sahota,

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    This talk has really good insights into understanding human behaviour and provides a helpful model for understanding for encouraging team growth.

    NOTE: You can only see slides for first 15 min so this is a bit annoying.

  • Presentation/Video not working

    by Vinayak Kumbhakern,

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    Presentation/Video not working

  • Re: Presentation/Video not working

    by Roxana Bacila,

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    Hi Vinayak,
    Thank you for drawing our attention to this problem. The presentation is now fixed. Enjoy watching!
    Roxana Bacila
    Community Manager
    InfoQ Enterprise Software Development Community | InfoQ China | InfoQ Japan | InfoQ Brazil | InfoQ France | QCon

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