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Agile Management: What Makes for Success?

Agile management has proven to be a good fit for many organizations, especially during socially distanced times.  Those that have made successful transitions are now achieving substantive performance and health improvements: profitability, employee engagement, business growth, and customer satisfaction. The key to successful agile transformation is for leaders to develop substantially new mindsets and capabilities. In this article at ZDNet, Mark Samuels explains how leaders can create an effective leadership style to manage the workplace.

Sustaining Effective Agile Management

Establishing High-Performing Teams

One of the most important things that the Agile leader must do is to establish high-performing teams. How to achieve it? “Rather than commanding and controlling, leaders must give other people the power to make decisions,” says Samuels. Experts believe that effective Agile management is possible only if leaders embrace the servant leadership philosophy. Here, the main goal of a leader is to serve.

Shaping the Environment

Every organization faces obstacles that slow work down and saps productivity. Some impediments include:

  • Over-allocation of people to projects
  • Unrealistic project budgets and deadlines
  • Assigning a single resource to multiple teams
  • Lack of technical practices

Agile leaders work towards creating a platform where teams can do their best work. They also help teams by allocating the right resources and freeing up teams to do their best work.

Training the Teams

Agile leaders help team members:

  • Ask powerful questions
  • Develop empathetic listening skills
  • Solve their problems

Scrum is a continuous improvement process. The idea is to find something to improve at the end of each sprint and accomplish it during the following one.

Implementing Service Approach

The service approach means being ready to make effective decisions that will empower the Agile teams. Agile management is most effective when leaders make themselves more visible to their teams, co-workers, management, and stakeholders, especially during a crisis.

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