By now, many have realized that matrix management in its classic form didn’t work all that well. It created siloes and disconnected individuals’ managers with those most closely associated with their day-to-day work. However, in a Scrum framework, team members may be so focused on their team’s deliverables, they may become disengaged from others’ in the organization that can help them become better at their job and provide guidance on their overall development through learning. Indeed, curation of a particular practice area (QA, Coding, OO Design, etc.) has largely become a thing of the past. Has this level of decentralization gone too far?

During this very open discussion of an idea still in progress (i.e. not implemented), we’ll talk about a potential approach around the idea of “guilds.” According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild) a guild is “is an association of artisans who control the practice of their craft in a particular town.” The goal would be to allow our team members to seek artisanal/technical growth within their craft/practice by being exposed to ideas and sharing what has been learned with others. These guilds would form opt-in communities of interest and they could have internal meetings and leadership could emerge.

Much of my thought in this area comes from reading about how Spotify is organized (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1018963/Articles/SpotifyScaling.pdf) . If meeting participants take a look at this first, the discussion will likely be more valuable.

Speaker: Matt Roberts, Sr. Director of Software Engineering at CA Technologies

Date/Time: 8/2/13 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Venue: CA Technologies, 5001 Plaza on the Lake, Third floor, Austin, TX 78746

To Register (and for more info): http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7581609799.