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  1. Igor
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    Very intresting article. Nice parallel.

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  3. Goran Skugor
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    Interesting point :-)

    I do believe that behavior of most people has roots in biochemistry and that majority of us are very conditioned by hormonal dynamics (although ready to fight-to-death to defend our liberty to exhibit free will :-)). We are too dependent on it. So, getting freedom is one of the most important and most profound goals we could ever set in front of us. And helping others getting their freedom!
    Now, I see one challenge there: if we remove (mental?) box boundaries, will people (suddenly being exposed to wider space) get more cortisol (fear: oh my god, will I make it, please give me my boundaries back) or more testosteron (finally, freeeedom, now it’s my turn)? It probably depends on the individual – are they ready for it or not.

    Now, back to SW development eco-system: boundaries shouldn’t exist. But, if they do exist, especially for a long time already, then in my opinion removing boundaries should be in a way to enable organic growth – so that testosteron levels grow with keeping cortisol at just right level to keep visible sense of urgency, but not higher.

    “Empowerment within borders” also sounds disrespectful to me, it implies “we don’t trust our people”. However, my view is that we should enable environment where our people/teams will “pull the level of freedom they are ready for” and will get support for the remaining part. While growing in time, their “freedom zone” should be expanded. The role of leaders would be then to dynamically sense it and adapt their leadership styles and influence organisational culture accordingly.

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