What the Octopus Teaches Us About Agile Organizational Design

What the Octopus Teaches Us About Agile Organizational Design

by Jorgen Hesselberg

This entry was written as part of the Supporting Agile Adoption program, an Agile Alliance initiative dedicated to supporting organizations and their people become more Agile.

There are some questions in life that simply do not have good answers. “Why do we dream?”, “Are we alone in the universe?” and “Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?” Another question that falls into this category is “What does an Agile organizational structure look like?”

  • Self-organization toward a common purpose: People, teams and organizational structures evolve organically to deliver customer value.
  • A dedication to continuous improvement: Agile is not something you become; it’s something you become more of. Agile organizations learn continuously and are better tomorrow than they were yesterday.
  • People feel safe and are empowered to do the right thing: Executives and leaders are dedicated to creating an environment of psychological safety; people can make autonomous decisions within boundaries.

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