The Importance of Self-Organized Teams
Characteristics of Successful Agile Teams
Ranging from 5-9 members, Agile teams are typically small. Even outside of Agile, sizing of teams is recognized as a critical consideration to the success of any endeavor that requires collaboration. For instance, when researching what makes effective teams, Wharton Business School conducted a study across academic, sports, and business teams, and concluded that 6-7 is indeed an optimal group size for best performance.
Extending this further into the Agile world, not many people realize that our most popular framework, the ubiquitous Scrum, is based in part upon the academic paper “The New New Product Development Game," written by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka.1 In large part the resultant paper sought to collect and codify the most effective attributes of a collaborative team.