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Wednesday, June 1 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Eliminating the Contradiction of Self-Organization and Hierarchies with Sociocracy (Pieter van der Meché, Jutta Eckstein)

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Abstract:
Many agile teams suffer from the mismatch of agile and the organizational hierarchy. Based on self-organization and iterative processes the teams run into trouble with the top-down steering of their environment. Consequently, very often agile proponents believe that a supportive agile organization should be structured without hierarchies. But lack of hierarchy, in the sense of an order of decision making levels, leads especially in larger and more complex organizations to a lack of alignment and lack of speed. To achieve both self-organization and alignment, organizations need an order of decision making levels which integrates both top-down and bottom-up decision making at every level.
In this session we are suggesting to use sociocracy as a solution. You will learn how especially the principles of shared decision making and double-linking enable self-organizational hierarchies. It will empower both agile teams as well as managers.
It will also help improve retrospectives and other agile meetings. It will as well enable teams to take full advantage of the evaluations by developing shared decisions that lead to better alignment. And finally, it will improve the cooperation between agile teams by creating alignment between the teams.
Learning Outcomes:
  • How to create agile hierarchies
  • How to align hierarchies with agile teams
  • How to get alignment within agile teams and amongst them
  • How to make retrospectives more effective, leading to better alignment through joint decision making


Speakers
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Jutta Eckstein

General Chair, IT communication
Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an Agile transition especially within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. She has published her experience in her books 'Agile Software Development in the Large', 'Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams', 'Retrospectives for Organizational Change', and together with Johanna... Read More →
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Pieter van der Meche

Management Consultant - Division Leader, Sociocratisch Centrum - The Sociocracy Group
As a sociocratic management consultant Pieter van der Meche increases commitment and fosters effectiveness and cooperation within organizations and teams. Over the years he has trained and counseled in different sectors of the economy, from the shop floor level up to the board room. Mainly in The Netherlands and the German speaking countries. Employed at the Dutch Sociocratic Center since 1995 he is currently responsible for the Northern and... Read More →


Wednesday June 1, 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2