Emergence and Flocking - From the OSLIST Archives
deborah at hartmann.net
Thu May 31 05:23:33 PDT 2007
On groups, and simple rules.
Did a really interesting exercise recently: this is different from
flocking, but it's about self-organization when three "flocks" come
together... which is the "wall" many self-organizing teams hit within
1) Give three sub-groups three different, simple objectives, which seem
2) Tell them all to achieve their own team's goals.
3) They must not make any sounds.
4) Let them go in a room of limited resources: all teams need to
manipulate the same resources in their own way to "win", and there is no
way to meet all three goals at once.
Watch people go from
* blind obedience
* to defying and foiling one another,
* to standing still, puzzled,
* to standing still, observing,
* to modeling different behaviour,
* to collaborating,
* to success for everyone.
Isn't this a bit like what happens in Open Space? People come, each with
their own agenda. Some "pro" and some "con" and some for the fun of it
and other for the networking, and yet others don't know why they came.
And now we start to dance... :-)
People go thru these at different paces, so some are leaders, some are
followers. Everyone succeeds.
It's a really fun exercise to watch - keep your vidcam out :-)
I think Diana Larsen may have participated in this exercise... Diana,
wasn't it fun?
Agile Process Coach
deborah AT hartmann DOT net
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"Learn the principle,
abide by the principle, and
dissolve the principle."
-- Bruce Lee
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