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Developing Rhythms For Self-Management

Find your groove

Meetings must be deliberate and intentional – your organizational rhythm should value purpose over habit and effectiveness over efficiency. – Ricardo Semler

In a Nutshell

In self-managed organizations, there are no managers to “manage” anymore. When you don’t have someone guiding the teams, creating a rhythm and the space for team alignment and following up on work is crucial. This avoids question marks and gaps in the understanding of tasks.

To ensure that the ball doesn’t get dropped, self-managed teams need to identify a rhythm, defined as a good productive pace to ensure the flow of work. By aligning on a rhythm, teams create trust within each other. If your input is not necessary, then you are not required to be involved in the decision. This sets expectations that teams will seek input from the right sources at the appropriate time.

Rhythm is a crucial component of how teams following the “agile” process work. Depending on the focus, different time frames will apply. For immediate priorities, like today’s work, it should be discussed daily but for long term discussions, a different cadence, such as every month or twice a year, would be more appropriate.

While this is a good practice to follow in all companies, it’s particularly relevant in self-managed organizations where you have less top-down instructions to follow. This rhythm of alignment and gatherings go a long way in keeping up productivity and focus.

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