Institutions vs. Collaboration

Photo by Suvodeb Banerjee

Photo by Suvodeb Banerjee

Clay Shirky gave a TED talk back in 2005 that reminded me of some of the themes from my Eliminating Barriers: No More Us vs. Them presentation at the AgileDotNet Dallas conference--organizations that are structured for efficiency rather than effectiveness.  In my presentation, I noted that the hierarchy of an organization could become so rigid that the organization can no longer adapt to a changing market.  The video of Clay's talk is below:

Organizations are the result of institution-creation, but can they change to allow collaboration?  I think so.  Every day I see organizations try to break down the barriers within to allow increased information sharing between employees across departments and teams.  A popular way to encourage collaboration beyond the organization's walls is through hackathons or exploration days.    

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.