Holacracy: an organization for humans.

A sustainable way of working

Internal processes and project management are crucial concepts in order to effectively achieve what people undertake in an organization. But how can you make sure your organization will remain sound and strong in the long term? Our values, inherently rooted in our organization since its inception, are an attempt to foster a virtuous circle between society and technology for the benefit of people. But how can we make sure of succeeding?

Having been used to working with lean and agile approaches in project management, we have decided to implement these practices to the entire organization of Octree. To this end, we have chosen a distributed management system: Holacracy.

The holacratic system is agile, which means that it is accessible to every member of our team. Its constitution is recognized as the supreme power, and the need for a CEO is suppressed.

Leadership is everyone’s responsibility and is shared, to give the opportunity to each and everyone to take an active part in the decision making process.
Leadership is everyone’s responsibility and is shared, to give the opportunity to each and everyone to take an active part in the decision making process.

Breaking the pyramidal structure

The mainstream pyramidal structure, found in most organizations, faces many challenges and remains strongly hierarchical. Aiming to control everything, it actually overlooks reality and promotes individual careers instead of focusing on a general and common goal.

Holacracy provides more freedom through the establishment of roles and of clearly defined fields of action. This stimulates and protects a spirit of individual initiative inside the company. Errors are not perceived as negative anymore, but rather as learning opportunities.

Example of "existing structure" —  Mark Walsh, Integration Training.
Example of "existing structure" —  Mark Walsh, Integration Training.

Solution oriented self-management

Holacracy meetings are well-structured and focus on identifying tensions and addressing them. Nothing is left to chance as there is always a designated facilitator to help dialog and identify tensions.

Everyone working at Octree can submit and bring structural solutions or new rules in order to improve collaboration. It is therefore a responsibility we all share.

Trust & transparency

Transparency – in all our actions and projects – is essential to make progress together. This allows us to move forward thanks to shared views and opinions, which guarantee constant improvement. Transparency is also a key element to strengthen trust and kindness amongst us.

Our desire to preserve what matters to us has helped us create a sound and thriving atmosphere at work, where everyone is always ready to give his best to protect and preserve a place where trust and kindness between people, is key.

To sum things up, a quotation of Matt Dunsmoor, former product manager at Zappos, a holacratic company: Holacracy itself is actually just an alternative form of hierarchy, but the main difference is that it’s a hierarchy of work and not people.

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