Self Organising Team [WIP]

engineering, systems

What could an ideal self-organising team look like?

Ideally an individual would be able to execute independently or contribute significantly in terms of the below.

  1. Technical

  2. Managerial

  3. Contextual

Technical (How) #

Managerial (When) #

Contextual (What) #

Hiring #

Define minimum threshold levels, how to identify expected characteristics/potential.

Operating #

Focus on creating the right environment for everybody to excel

Create cadences to minimise cognitive overload on processes, rather enable team for deep work and focus on solving customer problems, while the cadences run as background processes to aid in maintaining shipping momentum

Minimise ambiguities

Product engineering and delivery, is ultimately an exercise in visualising and leavening multiple abstract ideas in people’s heads, into a solid product that can be experienced by the human senses. This leads to a fine balancing act in minimising ambiguities at multiple steps along the way, while identifying the right amount of effort to spend on it, as subjectively determined by the team composition. This is a two-way reinforcing feedback loop between product and engineering.


Seek to minimise ambiguity in


Seek to minimise ambiguity in

Parameters (Feedback loops) #

The levers that the team could continually tweak to get to the point of being totally self-organised.