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Autonomy vs. Leverage
Virtually every leading tech company has jumped on the empowered, dedicated/durable, cross-functional, collaborative product team bandwagon, and I think things are much better for it. I don’t see very many companies that are still using the old models (primarily the pool model).
The results speak for themselves, but I attribute most of the benefits to the increased level of motivation, and true sense of ownership, when teams feel more in control of their own destiny.
However, while most leaders tell me they have empowered, autonomous teams, some of the people on those teams complain to me that they don’t always feel so empowered or autonomous. Whenever this happens, I try to get to the specifics of just what it is that the team is not able to decide, or where they feel constrained.