Pawel Brodzinski is a leader, an organization designer, and a change agent, but most of all he is a constantly experimenting practitioner who helps his teams to work better (and learn in the process).
He leads Lunar Logic, a professional-services web-development company, where he practices what he preaches. This makes working with Lunar Logic an exceptional experience as it is the organization with fully distributed autonomy and no managers.
He shares his thoughts on broadly understood, software project management on his blog. Pawel is passionate about building great teams, creating superb organizational culture, and helping people to grow.
A Workplace with No Managers
When we think about self-organization the obvious context is a team. Everyone in the Agile world have heard about self-organized teams. We expect a boost of engagement and productivity when people aren’t told how to organize themselves.
Interestingly enough, despite all the benefits we see at a team level, almost no organizations try to scale the concept of self-organization up. The reason is the hierarchical power distribution structure that is at the core of almost all organizations. We commonly call it management. Introducing self-organization throughout the organization would require to redesign how it is managed. Is it even possible?
Let me walk you through that story. At Lunar Logic in less than 4 years we evolved from a traditional organizational model with strong management to fully self-organized company. Our CEO has equal access to information and equal decision-making power as an intern who we hired last month. We have no managers and are in need of none.
We are not crazy, mind you. The company didn’t collapse. Conversely, the retention has improved, motivation went through the roof, and financially the company has never been more stable as it is now. While I won’t lie that it’s been easy, the outcomes speak for themselves.