Following up my webinar about “The Illusion and Promise of Self-Organizing Teams” I gave on March 6, 2013 I have consolidated all questions asked during and immediately following the webinar. As promised I will answer each of the questions in the coming weeks. In the meantime PLEASE share your thoughts about the following questions about self-organizing teams:
1) Definition and understanding of self-organizing teams vs. managed or self-governed teams
Marc L.: What’s the difference between a self organizing team and a mob?
Dinesh K: How do you rate productivity of different team (managed vs. self-organized vs. self-governed team?
Thomas D.: Do Managed Teams use teamwork?
2) Development of self-organizing teams
Wilma L.: how does the self-organizing team begin to organize itself for a project? Who determines that this is going to be a SO team, especially in a corporate environment?
Rajakrishnan C.: A typical project team may comprise of people with different experience levels and pay scales. A junior member may not feel as equally responsible for the success of the project as a senior high paying resource. Will this hamper self organizing capability of the team? If so how do we handle such situations?
Alonso A.: Any additional suggestions for teams that are new and still going thru the storming phase?
3) Roles in self-organizing teams
Elise O.: If this is a self-organizing team, why are we still framing it in terms of “YOU and YOUR team”? It sounds as though you still need a leader/mentor/sponsor role to get this to work. Does it really become a team where everyone is a peer?
Naga B.: What will be the role of project manager in self oraganizing teams?
Xavier Z.: what about the risks specific with scrum team with a scrummaster but without project manager?
4) The MVP Model in action (Motivation, Vision, Project Objectives)
Douglas D.: Can you talk to the idea that, part of the value add for an engagement, is gaining, and documenting, the MVP? In other words, they project team may not have been able to articulate this until you showed up.
Milagros L.: Thinking in the kick-off meeting, when would conduct the MVP workshop? After or before it?
Mounir G.: How you can apply MVP in a hierarchy, military environment where top down commands are applied?
Loui H.: What would you do if some stakeholder or team members don’t want to play along?
Nihad K.: Here is where the project sponsor gets into the mix. Isnt it really about their vision?
William P.: What about assigning, defining roles? Do the team members work out who does what?
Oscar S.: which is the most important empowerment effect in the management?
Krithika V.: is monetary acknowledgement (bonus) allowed ?
7) Promoting performance
Shilpa E.:Q: In self organizing teams, micromanagment is out of question, then how can we promote self performance to ensure project milestones?
8) Conflict management
Noemi J.: what about conflict management inside self organizing and cross-functional teams? how should a project manager manage it?
9) Virtual teams
Justus B., Mitra B., Timothy B.: Do the same rules shown today also apply for vitural teams, for example in a culturally diverse environment?
10) Cultural differences and respect, moral, ethics
Rebecca K: It seems that cultural differences can be the source of disrespect. How can this be overcome?
11) Project management vs. project leadership
Samuel J.: Dr. Juli has separated Project Management and Project Leadership. Would he suggest that the PM should aim to be the Project Leader in order to be able to assert authority as necessary?
12) Project challenges and the right leadership style
Shilpa E. Micromanagement or Delegation has been a question? But to meet the business goal in very rough projects which would help?
13) A good project manager
Aida C.: How do you know if you are a good project manager other than the hard results which come in the end?
14) Self-organizing teams and the PMBOK
Cory P.: Good luck mapping these concepts to the PMBOK