- About Environment, Products, Size, and People
- Consider Specialization First...
- ...And Generalization Second
- Widen People's Job Titles
- Cultivate Informal Leadership
- Watch Team Boundaries
- The Optimal Team Size Is 5 (Maybe)
- Functional Teams versus Cross-Functional Teams
- Two Design Principles
- Choose Your Organizational Style
- Turn Each Team into a Little Value Unit
- Move Stuff out to Separate Teams
- Move Stuff up to Separate Layers
- How Many Managers Does It Take to Change an Organization?
- Create a Hybrid Organization
- The Anarchy Is Dead, Long Live the Panarchy
- Have No Secrets
- Make Everything Visible
- Connect People
- Aim for Adaptability
- Reflection and Action
This chapter is from the book
Reflection and Action
Let's see if you can apply some ideas from this chapter to your organization:
- Consider the people in your team. Are they generalizing specialists (or specializing generalists)? If not, what will you do about that?
- Review the official job titles in your organization. Are they wide enough to cover different roles? If not, come up with a plan to change them and make them wider.
- Consider leadership in your team. Are there informal leaders among the team members? Are these leadership roles dynamic enough so that they can change easily when needed?
- Review how teams are constructed in your organization. Are the teams small enough so that people can feel they are really part of a team? Does team membership last long enough for rules and leadership to emerge? Are the teams cross-functional?
- Review the quadrant of organizational styles. Which style are you using now in your organization? If it's not the fourth style, do you have a plan for getting there?
- Discuss value with your team. Does the team see itself as a value-delivering unit? Do they feel that other teams also consider themselves as value units? If not, can you do something about that?
- Review the management positions in your organization. Are all of them adding real value? If not, can you address or influence this issue?
- Draw the organizational structure of your business. Does it look like a hierarchy or like a value network?
- Check your own social skills. Are you connecting with people regularly? If not, how will you change that?