Self-organization in Agile teams I Agile Humans Meetup #41 with Marija Nikolić

Self-organization has had a significant impact on management and how we understand modern business. It's become easier to take on large projects, finish jobs that are interdependent, and look at problems from multiple perspectives. Higher velocity, productivity, and motivation result in better solutions, making it far simpler to deal with uncertainty and frequent changes.


Marija Nikolić is an Agile trainer, Advanced Scrum Master, and Lead Scrum Master at Smith Micro Software. Marija leads a team of Scrum Masters and is working on Agile transformation using the LeSS and LeSS Huge framework.

She was born in Belgrade where she graduated from the Faculty of Organizational Science in the Information systems department.
At the same Faculty, she worked as a Teaching Assistant while she was finishing her Master thesis. For the last 15 years, she has actively participated in more than 10 large-scale projects of delivering and implementing IT systems in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. She’s been working on leading roles such as IT manager, Head of IT, Lead Scrum Master, Project Delivery Manager with previous experience as a developer and consultant.

As a great enthusiast in research and learning about different organizations in the IT industry, she is currently practising Agile and trying to discover ways to make it work in various projects.

Getting used to this manner of functioning isn't easy. Many are used to traditional management and organizational structures. What are the differences between these two approaches? What does it mean to have self-organizing teams? What are the most prevalent obstacles to working in a self-organizing team, and what are the advantages?
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