Not only individuals and interactions, but also a community of professionals
– Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship.
“Team” has recently become a dogma. An accelerated improvement and avoiding waste of time, resources and talents could be obtained only inside a community, where both teams and teams of teams are effective. The evidence comes from the evolution of human civilization: after a too long prehistory, where the main organization form was the team, the progress to “history” was triggered by occurrence the first human communities. The history of the mankind is the direct result of how humans find ways to share experience and knowledge inside various forms of communities.
A better way to accelerate improvement and avoid waste in any profession is to go beyond teams and make individuals and teams collaborate across various communities.
Conditions and principles for creating and evolving a community of professionals:
Critical mass of potential skills
Knowledge and experience sharing
Active collaboration between individuals
Active collaboration between and across teams
Talents valorization: promote and connect “rare ideas”
Promoting valuable ideas
Different kinds of communities
Emergence: Creating new values, new practices and new communities
The axe of progress is: individual, team, teams of teams, communities
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