Everyone seems to be searching for that ellusive “Great Team”. For me that means teams that demonstrate self-organization. Dan James @ CEO Blues has an interesting blog entry called “The Art and Science of a Great Team“. Although about teams in general, many of his suggestions for fostering a great team are well taken for software teams.
He points out that a CEO/President can’t create great teams, only influence the conditions for what sounds like self-organization to me:
I really like his emphasis on having fun, too:
For me the hunt continues. One of the main themes of my blog is the search for the ellusive elements that foster self-organization: required conditions, disruptive forces, and enhancing forces. But as Dan points out, it’s not something you can readily bottle and sell.