“No Silos” is one of the basic principles of agile management, and probably one of the hardest to implement. This concept contradicted current management theories like scientific management, bureaucracy, and administration. We can find the concept of “no-silos” both in Chaos Theory and Complex Adaptive System.
One of the primary elements of chaos theory is fractals. Fractals are simple rules and parts that are repeating one another to create complex and chaos structure.
From Complex adaptive system point of view, emergence and self-organize are the main attributes that explain why there shouldn’t be any silos in systems that need to deal with complexity and be adaptive. The best example is our body. We have several subs-systems in our bodies like the blood sub-system, bone sub-system, and nervous subsystem. If you take any part of your body, you’ll find those three subsystems working together. Not as silos but as interlinked sub-systems. You can’t compare your body systems to the marketing department working with the production department.
Successful organisms and eco-systems
Although it is hard to implement, No-Silos are essential for your business. We started to see No-Silos in Agile development and DevOps implementation (even temporary in matrix structures), but those are limited to IT/Development departments.
What you need to do is to break those departments.