Democratic alternatives to accountability in cross functional teams – Tito Sarrionandia

Received business wisdom holds that clear lines of responsibility, and single points of accountability, are crucial to give team members clarity over their expectations; but doesn’t that sound a little too close to a mechanism for blaming people? This talk explores the tensions between accountability and psychological safety, looks at what high performing digital teams can learn from jazz bands about quality, and explores the democratic, customer focussed alternatives to “the buck stops here”.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With over 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its three evening events.

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