Scrum Team

Why You Want a Self-Managing Team

February 23, 2022
Is your current Team self-managing? Do they feel empowered to take the initiative to get work done? Is there a manager hovering dictating the Team’s every task? Are you maybe that manager?
According to The 2020 Scrum Guide, Scrum Teams are cross-functional, meaning the members have all the skills necessary to create value each Sprint. They are also self-managing, meaning they internally decide who does what, when, and how.
Having a self-managing Team is crucial for having a successful Agile Organization. You need a Team that can inspect and adapt on their own, not wait around for direction.

Self-managing Teams:

Take pride in their work

Set their own timelines and deadlines that are more likely to be met

Feel a strong sense of responsibility

Are more engaged

Feel psychologically safe

Are more productive

Feel empowered and satisfied

Create better Products and happier customers

Self-Managing Teams Have Agile Leaders

But self-managing Teams don’t just form. They’re purposefully created through the hiring process and through Agile Leadership. As a reminder, Agile Leaders know when to step aside and let their Teams self-manage, so that they can concentrate on their own tasks, like strategy, mentoring and coaching, and helping create an Agile Organization.


Braintrust Group

Braintrust Group is a worldwide leader in Agile transformations. Through practical, hands-on training and enterprise and team coaching, we help our clients learn, plan, and implement Agile processes, such as Scrum and Kanban. Our goal is to teach our clients how to increase the predictability of delivery, decrease time-to-market, and improve overall client satisfaction.

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