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Self-organizing teams don't organize themselves - they need a supporting structure to do so.
People often confuse freedom with autonomy. Freedom is being free to do what you want - without any constraints. Autonomy means you are empowered to make choices that matter.
Freedom rebels against constraints, but autonomy does not. In fact, contraints often enable autonomy. This is what I would call Structured Autonomy: The kind of structures that allow people to make choices that matter to them.
Structured autonomy is a key element to make self-organizing teams work. And there are many examples to do this:
- Sociocracy 3.0
- Liberating Structures
- …and much more that I do not know of!
Coert Visser writes about research that shows supporting autonomy and providing structure work in tandem to enable effective learning in schools.