I asked before about how to manage self directed teams, most responses where that the manage should remove obstacles in the way of the team.
I think the opposite. A great manager should never remove obstacles, big or small, on the contrary, a great manager must create obstacles and challenging his employees to grow every day. A great manager helps his team grow, this can be done only by raising the bar.
So to answer my question: How to manage agile teams?
Spend most of your time with your best people, Show them that they can do better, show them that they can become experts, raise the bar and create a place where employees grow.
I love taking examples from sports. Team Sport is mostly made of self managed teams. Think about it, when the team is on the field – they are self managed and they take decisions without the manager. So how would you manage this ‘self directed’ team?
Here is how I would. I would raise the bar, practice and make sure that the players are in shape. I would use integrity to help the players commit to working out, commit to kicking/throwing the ball 100-200 times so that they practice and work on their best shot. That is what separates the pro’s from the Joe’s