Agile Org Design

June 05, 2022

Agile organizations are team-first. Experts work together cross-functionally, and take independent action aligned to objectives. Traditional organizations focus on senior individuals who are responsible for directing activity to people at "lower levels" of the organization.

Organizations as Organisms

Levels don't exist in an agile organization. Activity is a collaboration that is initiated primarily by teams, aligned to mutually agreed objectives, and enabled by organizational, product, technical, and cultural scaffolding.


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