Saturday, August 18, 2012

Social Management through SCRUM

SCRUM teaches you to go social with your project management skills. And this is where traditional managers get uncomfortable at the thought of letting the control go. 

It heralds you to use tools that are accessible and editable by project teams than relying on specialized management software. It exposes project managers who create their specialization in usage of tools to focus on people advocacy than glancing through charts and making paper models of project completion.

SCRUM is right approach for those who believe that it is the feeling of togetherness in the process of deliveries that is important for a self actualized (in Maslow terms) working than just getting there.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Management by delegating control: Create, Remove and Monitor

Often managers make the mistake of using delegation as a play and drive the perception that it is an excuse from their work. My earlier experiences, some managers keep forwarding emails for action. Most often the thought then wanders to can't I do this myself if told so and deliver if I am given the background and the big picture. Why or what is the value I gain from this type of delegation. And lucky I have been, some good managers who were willing to tutelage me shared their behaviour to instill the real meaning of delegation.

If you are a new manager, or have been getting feedback about improving your managerial style, the table below could serve a ready reckoner as it has done to me. This served me as my style anchor when nuturing teams in my past experiences.

Channels of Access
Information Barriers
Listening Posts
Horizontal along with Vertical Alignments
Task Segmentation
New Offerrings
Old and Outdated Processes
Collaborative Value
Always Fire-fighting situations
Multiple Decision Makers with one Veto
Punishing People for taking decisions
Value System


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