Hierarchy 2.0

Some people (e.g. this article from Inc) say that hierarchy in organisations is dead.

I disagree. I think that hierarchy is great – when it’s based on tasks rather roles.

For example, on the Metro dev team last week, the most important thing we were working on was redesigning tag pages. It was top of our Trello board. Most of the work was CSS so @andfinally was doing it. For me, that made @andfinally the boss. He had the most understanding about the team’s most important task.

He doesn’t have the highest “rank” in the team, and his boss powers only last as long as he’s at the center of task #1.

It’s a fluid hierarchy.

It means that different people get to take (or delegate) responsibility.

What do you think?

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