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How Ready Are You to Deal with Self-Managing Teams?

The business scenario worldwide has adopted a much-organized way to proceed further. Thanks to the pandemic, organizations are preparing for the uncertainties even more than before. The changing market dynamics predict the need for self-managing teams. In this article at, Peter Koning describes the agile approach of independent decision making. Your self-managing teams can survive any crises without further distortions only if they are ready for the unforeseen.

Employee Engagement

Team structure and agile mindset empower a scrum team to react swiftly to emerging market situations. Self-management enables better employee engagement and increased outcomes. Nonetheless, to manage the team competently, you must strategize to prosper, not just to succeed.

Avert Myths

Self-managing teams are independent, flexible, and always ready to counter emerging challenges. Here is some misinterpretation about their powers that you must avoid falling for:

  • Self-management teams neither have nor require complete independence. They do have some set limitations to function within it independently. The team succeeds only when given enough liberty to develop wisdom. Thus, offering more responsibilities and independence to grow to make them competitive.
  • They do not have the authority to take independent decisions apart from their aspirations and objectives. A specific company objective is critical to collaborate and contribute to achieving business goals.
  • They cannot make independent plans and strategies to achieve customer satisfaction. The team members can draft a plan, share it with the stakeholders, and wait for their approval. They also need a go-ahead or necessary amendment from the seniors.

Employing a self-managing team not necessarily ensures an instant victory. It requires commitment, hard work, focus, and leadership skills. Once you shift focus from substantial metrics to accelerate progress, managing teams become easy. Be open to listening to your teams; take ownership of the product, customer experience, planning, and quality management.

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