Alignment vs Autonomy
I think every team player should have those concepts very clear. I've been reading about Management, Motivation, Agile Teams and Productive Teams for a long time and in this short animated video describing Spotify’s engineering culture I've found one of the best explanations:
- Down here is low alignment and low autonomy. Micromanagement Culture, no high level purpose just shut up and follow orders.
- Up here is high Alignment, but low autonomy. So leaders are good communicating what problems needs to be solved, but also they are telling people how to solve it.
- High Alignment and High Autonomy means leaders focus on what problems to solve but let the teams figure out how to solve it
- What about down here then? Low alignment and high autonomy. Means teams do whatever they want…
Where are you and where are you trying to be?
“Spotify Engineering Culture (part 1)” — Henrik Kniberg.