No Guilt Agile Leadership

Peter Saddington of Agile Scout visited Valpak for a Tampa Bay Agile meetup recently.  He spoke on the topic of high performing teams: “The New Role of Management in Building and Sustaining High-Performance Teams”

He talked about how self-organizing teams are more theory than reality.  In reality, teams self-organize for survival but not necessarily for high-performance.  He put forth that it is management’s job to be “high touch” with our teams and emotionally invested in them to get and sustain high-performance.  So, Agile is not about getting out of the way of your teams but rather staying involved as servant leaders.

What this means to me? …  I no longer have to feel guilty about being a high-touch manager!  In fact, I didn’t even know there was a term for it … high-touch manager … I like the sound of that.  I do hereby declare that I am not going to just shut up and get out of the way.  I am going to stay involved and serve my teams towards high-performing.


About Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis is Senior Director of Enterprise Agility & Digital Product Leadership at Cox Target Media. In this role, Stephanie champions agility across the enterprise, leads the Agile PMO, and manages the CTM portfolio while also overseeing the Digital Product Leadership team. Stephanie leads the team of Agile Project Leaders in the roles of ScrumMaster, Kanban Lead, and/or Agile Project Manager as well as overseeing the IT Business Analysts. Stephanie is a career project leader with over 16 years in the field, including past positions with AT&T Business and IBM Global Services, and has maintained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since early in her career. She also maintains the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credentials. Her academic credentials include a BS in Marketing and an MBA in International Business. Stephanie serves and supports Agile within her community and beyond as organizer for the Tampa Bay Agile Meetup and the Agile Open Florida. Most recently, Stephanie has been elected to the Agile Alliance board for the 2015 to 2017 term. View all posts by Stephanie Davis

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