Complex adaptive systems lack a command and control hierarchy. Any consistent behavior arises from the competition, cooperation or self-organization amongst each agent within the system.

“Planning” or “managing” does not exist; instead, the system continually adapts to find the best fit with the environment. For example, think about food supply to a given city. Adding up all of the food in a town’s shops and dividing it by the number of people living in the city will provide a few weeks of future supply to all citizens. The city has not implemented a formal control process or plan to ensure a few weeks’ supply of food. A continually self-organizing system exists merely through the process of emergence and feedback.

Same apply for organizations and teams within organizations. Groups should be self-organized. Core members of a team should be selected based on their knowledge and experience and they should self-organize themselves by naturally find their order. Based on the order they formed they can add a new member to react to external conditions, which will enforce another wave of self-organization.

“planning” should be governed by the same principle, let planning to be self-organized in each group eventually this will emerge to one plan, we will discuss this principle and others (that are putting “planning” in a different light) in details during several of my next posts.


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