Why Do We Have Autonomous Teams?

You're invited to catch a glimpse into what makes autonomous teams tick at Zalando.

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David O'Donoghue

Head of Engineering – Dublin Hub

Posted on Aug 23, 2016

As a company that implements Radical Agility, we’re often asked how we make it work. One point in particular that is often revisited is the existence of autonomous teams.

We wanted to provide a better breakdown of the thought process behind Zalando’s decision to trust teams with autonomy and the ownership of their work. As a tech company, our environment is naturally prone to volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. How do we manage these issues on top of ensuring the engagement of our employees?

Watch below to get a glimpse into just what makes autonomous teams tick at Zalando, and why we’re championing the approach.