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Organizations have traditionally relied on top-down coordination, slow feedback loops, and siloed workflows. To adapt to rapidly evolving business environments, organizations instead need agile, team-based structures that are self-organizing and quickly receive and respond to bottom-up feedback.
Efforts to promote agility are successful only when a supportive culture is in place. This type of culture, in turn, relies on establishing rules regarding how team members will collaborate and how decisions will be made. Before taking steps to implement agile teams, business and HR leaders should articulate the principles that will guide interaction. These principles can be customized based on organizational needs but typically include: