Self organizing

This is the first post in the new category “How we work”. The intention is to write about how we work and evolve our company, as opposed to most of our other posts that are about the cool stuff we build.

First we need to take a look at the the history. Bitcraze was started by Arnaud, Marcus and Tobias in 2011 when they created the first Crazyflie. They all had day time jobs at the time and were working on the project on their spare time. Forming the company and taking the step to work full time with Bitcraze was the logical continuation of the success of the first Crazyflie.

They are all passionate about technology, innovation and creating cool things, but the possibility of working with interesting stuff was not the only reason to leave the safety of employment, an important driver to form the company was that none of them really felt comfortable in the companies were they were employed. They all have worked in multiple companies where they had more or less the same bad experiences and they wanted something else, something better. To understand the problem, take a look at Dilbert about shipping and managers :-)

During the years there have been interns in the company from time to time. One of founders donned the role of the “boss” to manage the intern and tell him what to do and to make sure the expected result was achieved. The problem was that they did not felt very comfortable with this, after all they were becoming the type of boss they disliked in their previous jobs, they were moving in the direction they had been running away from.

What to do? The three of them had equal relationships, no one was managing anyone else, so maybe one solution was to not employ any more people and continue the way it was? No, more people can do more fun stuff and they wanted to expand. During this spring Kristoffer started to hangout on Minc (the incubator where we are located) and we stared to talked about this problem. We talked about values, drivers, what we want to get out of work and life. Kristoffer has a similar background with similar experiences from the companies he has worked at and they all realised they were looking for the same thing.

I (Kristoffer) became the first employee in Bitcraze, in June, and we have taken an important step in building the company we want want to work in. We don’t really know where we will end up, but know that it is a continuous journey and that we will change over time.

There is a book full of inspiration and clever insights that everyone, interested in this type of problems, should read,  it is called “Reinventing organizations” and is written by Frederic Laloux, read it!

We have taken one super-important decision that will be the basis for all future work:

No one in the company can decide what someone else should do

Yes, that’s right, no one is the boss and no one is a manger – we are self organising. We’re in this together and will evolve together.

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