It’s a question a lot of us might be reluctant to ask. After all a self-organizing team is a great thing. Unfortunately though self-organization can and has gone horribly wrong. In my opinion this is often caused because companies fail to implement a few ground rules for self-organization.
Every team needs leadership
We often refer to sport teams in analogies about self-organization. However conveniently we fail to forget that every winning sport team has a winning coach. I believe every good team needs good leadership. Someone who will inspire and coach the team, someone to push the team forward and set high expectations for the team. Without such a person a team is not likely to excel.