How to help Self-organization get started in the team – Q&A with Jeff Campbell

Jeff is the author of Actionable Agile tools (available on Amazon, and direct from the author at He joins us on this series of Q&A shows to answer questions you’ve submitted. You can submit your questions via our survey (short, about 2 min to fill-in) or by tweeting us @scrumpodcast with #agilejeff.

In this episode, we talk about getting management to be involved and buy-in to the agile transformation.

Helping teams and managers adopt self-organization as a way to improve the team’s impact

The topic of self-organization comes up over and over again. The teams benefit from it because it helps them solve problems faster, help each other without the burden of having someone else “approve” what they need to do.

But self-organization is not always seen as a “good thing” by management. The common sense phrase I often hear is: “if everybody is in charge, no one is in charge”.

In this Q&A episode with Jeff Campbell, we explore what are some of the reasons managers may be skeptic of self-organization.

We also explore ways to present the benefits and help all involved to slowly move to a way of working that allows the teams to solve their problems. Without having to wait for someone to come in and “save them”.

Resources and tools

  • In this episode, we talk about a way to visualize continuous improvement tasks as a core aspect of the team’s work. Adding it to the team board. Jeff’s full article on visualizing self-improvement is here.

    About Jeff Campbell

    Jeff Campbell is the author of Actionable Agile Tools, a book with practical tools and practices to help you amplify your impact as a coach and Scrum Master

    Jeff is an Agile Coach who considers the discovery of Agile and Lean to be one of the most defining moments of his life and considers helping others to improve their working life not to simply be a job, but a social responsibility. As an Agile Coach, he has worked with driving Agile transformations in organizations both small and large.

    Jeff is also involved in the Agile community and is one of the founding members of Gothenburg Sweden’s largest agile community at 1500+ members, and he also organizes the yearly conference

    You can link with Jeff Campbell on LinkedIn and connect with Jeff Campbell on Twitter.