There are three simple ways to check if a team is really self-organizing:
- There are always daily scrums, it doesn’t matter if scrummaster is present or on sick leave, self-organizing teams understand that daily scrums are for them, not for scrummaster
- Team members voluntarily take tasks and work on them until they are finished. They don’t wait for scrummaster to come and assign something to them. Team knows what are the strong sides of all members, they know who should work on what to be efficient
- Team members help each other to finish all stories. If each member is working on their own and don’t really care if others are blocked by something, this is not exactly the team work which self-organizing teams should have
Do you know any other quick tests showing if team is self-organizing or not?