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How to Lead Self-Managed Teams - Project Management Training



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today we're talking about how to lead

self-managed teams

well self-managed teams or self-directed

teams have been around for a very long

time but we're seeing them more

prevalently these days because they're

driven by more collaboration and more

collaboration tools and more agile teams

and agile methodologies so it allows for

more innovative ways of working together

it increases more autonomy with the

teams it also fosters innovative

practices moreso than the traditional

top-down structure so here's some of the

common questions that people have when

they go to lead so how do you lead them

if you're the head of the organization

that also what role do managers an

executive play in this set up and how do

you measure their success so one thing

to avoid is to try to manage or impose

external processes on a self-directed or

self-managed team is really

self-defeating because they are

self-managed they do not they do work in

an organization so they still have to

comply with the organization and those

organizational structures so how to lead

a self-managed team number one use

communication and feedback to foster

buy-in the more you communicate and

collaborate and ask therefore ask them

for their opinions and let them

contribute then the more they buy-in and

today they're better software tools that

allow for communication and real-time

collaboration number two have the team

define their metrics of success if they

define their metrics then there tend to

be more accountable for their success

and again today with the tools they can

set those up and have insights to those

in a real-time basis number three have

them present their outcomes regularly

promoting feedback loops with other

teams they have to interact with and

track some metrics of accountability and

number four leverage their successes for

the good of the business so here are

some things to watch for number one

initiatives that don't align with the

corporate strategy so if you do find the

team is working on those just work with

them to reprioritize so they're working

on the ones that do number two lack of

accountability from the entire team so

if you have an entire team that for some

reason doesn't feel accountable for

their work products or things that

they've committed to I would look a

little deeper because maybe there's a

lack of clarity around the roles and

responsibilities of who is accountable

number three a culture of no results so

if you're looking at a culture that's

pretty deep that's the behaviors and

characteristics of that group so either

you can work with them or bring someone

in or they can work together to reset

the culture of that group because if you

do have one that is yielding no results

those typically get disband number four

immunity from the rest of the corporate

structure organization because many of

these self-managed teams are part of

special projects then they may be

working in a different building they may

be working virtually so this is just

something to keep an eye on but these

are some of the common questions these

are some ways to lead and then these are

some things to watch for so if you need

a tool that can help you lead your

self-managed teams then sign up for our

software now at projectmanager.com

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