Here’s detailed explanations of the changes


  • renamed pattern Describe Drivers to Describe Organizational Drivers
  • Describe Organizational Drivers: explained four aspects of a driver: current situation, effect of the situation on the organization, need of the organization in relation to this situation, and impact of attending to need
  • added need to glossary


  • small corrections
  • aligned glossary entries for Circle and Role to pattern text
  • Development Plan: clarification of responsibilities
  • Role: clarified evolution of strategy


  • various small clarifications and corrections
  • Circle: clarified relationship between circle and domain
  • Role: clarified description
  • Rounds: updated description
  • moved Open Domain, Helping Team and Open Systems to category “Building Organizations”
  • added several terms to the glossary


  • added Liliana David to authors
  • dropped the term “framework” (replaced with “practical guide”)
  • updated order of patterns
  • added an index of all the patterns
  • added a glossary
  • added acknowledgements
  • various small clarifications and corrections to text and illustrations
  • Introduction:
  • added “what’s in it for me?”
  • added definitions for governance, self-organization, semi-autonomy, operations to introduction
  • clarified domains and their relationship to drivers
  • fleshed out core concepts
  • made all principles actionable
  • Artful Participation: refined description
  • Agreement: clarified that the concept of agreements is applicable to people in roles
  • Clarify Domains: refined description
  • Circle: updated definition, refined description
  • Driver: updated definition
  • Development Plan: refined template and description
  • Develop Strategy: clarified definition of strategy, refined description
  • Double-Linked Hierarchy: new illustration
  • Evaluate Agreements: aligned questions to peer review
  • Governance Backlog: updated definition
  • Logbook: added details about governance to personal logbook
  • Objections: clarified qualifying objections
  • Peer Review: refined description
  • Respond to Organizational Driver: integrated information about qualifying drivers
  • Role: clarified role keeper may maintain a governance backlog, introduced the term “role keeper” for a person in a role
  • Proposal Forming: added criteria for selecting tuners, added step for prioritizing considerations, small clarifications
  • Resolve Objections: updated illustration to better reflect the process

Renamed Patterns:

  • Backbone Organization to Service Organization
  • Effectiveness Review to Peer Review
  • Strategy to Develop Strategy
  • Domain Description to Clarify Domains
  • Describing Deliverables to Describe Deliverables


  • Describe Drivers
  • Open Domain
  • Delegate Influence


  • Coordination Circle
  • Nested Domains
  • Qualify Driver

Read next: Acknowledgements

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