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Team management involves a selection of responsibilities, which involve, choosing the right person for a job, delegating and deciding who is responsible for what, communicating effectively and efficiently with all involved and motivating your team. Management Study Guide’s (2013)
In order for Team Management to become an organizational reality, it requires commitment from the executive level. Team management is equivalent to quality: without direct support from the top it will not work. Juran cited in (Natale & Libertella,1998) states that, “Quality cannot be controlled by a department of quality. If the quality council is at the middle of the organization, that’s a signal to the rest of the organization that quality does not have a high priority”, (Retkwa, 1992, p. 9). William Band and Marty Syme, experts in task-force management, similarly argued for the necessity of executive-level commitment stating that they are “convinced that unless senior management is committed, change won’t happen” (Perlov, 1991, cited in Natale & Libertella, 1998). Team-management therefor is a top-down system, which depends entirely upon the level of commitment it receives from the executive or board levels.

Agile Values

There are four agile manifesto core values, and these include, Individuals and their interactions, Delivering working software, Customer collaboration, and Responding to change. ‍ With Regards to Team Management, the Individuals and their interactions is the core value that's relevant to this knowledge area, Microsoft.com (2013). Individuals and interactions are essential to high performing teams. Microsft.com (2013) reports a study conducted on a project on “communication saturation”, results proved that when no communication problem’s exists, teams can perform 50 times better than the industry average. Frequent inspect-and-adapt cycles facilitate communication in agile methodologies. Among agile values there are 5 main SCRUM values:
Focus, Commitment, Openness, Courage and Respect.Team management is related to agile values as it involves commitment and courage in its practice. If we look at Team Management then courage is involved. Openness and respect are also key factors which are visible in team management

Agile Principles

There are 12 main Agile Principles‍‍‍‍ Among them, the most important one is ‍‍customer satisfaction through continuous delivery of software‍‍.Customer satisfaction is not directly related to team management practice however if we look at team management result then we can see that a good team would have customer satisfaction among their priorities.
Team Management is key as far as implementation of agile principles is concerned. Customer satisfaction is achieved and the quality of end product is achieved only if the team is managed well. Agile principles include welcoming change. It is important to identify the traits of each individuals through various methodologies an techniques (Belbin ,2004) so that effective team management can be done. Where the teams are managed well, change and risks are also handled well and are welcomed by projects. Motivation of individuals is a agile practice in team management. Agile Principles pay attention on continuous improvement and technical excellence which we see in practice as effective team management includes continuous improvement as well. Team management focuses lot on negotiations meetings and this relates to agile practice as principles of agile management prefers face to face communication and regards this as most effective method of conveying information.Team Management can be said to be the direct implementation of agile principles as lot of principles are included in team management. One of the key agile principles relating to team management is that best architectures, requirements and design emerge from self-organizing teams (Management Study Guide, 2013). We see that core objective of team management methodologies is team building and organizing the team to deliver its best without disputes and hurdles.

Agile Practices

‍These include pair programming every few minutes, to every few hours with continuous integration, to every day, with daily stand-up meeting, to every iteration, with a review and retrospective. However these cycles will only work well when team members include, respect for each other, truth in every communication, transparency of all data, action and decisions, trust each other and when there is commitment to the team and the teams goals, Microsoft, (2013). To achieve this, agile methodologies value individuals and interactions over processes and tools.‍


Team management involves a selection of responsibilities, which involve, choosing the right person for a job, delegating and deciding who is responsible for what, communicating effectively and efficiently with all involved and motivating your team. Management Study Guide’s (2013) definition suggests that all the team members, and their team should make their team the priority and everything else should take a back seat, as they should be focused on their goals.

Links from Team Management to other Knowledge Areas

Team Management involves elements of conflict management, communication management, and leadership management. These all fall under the umbrella of Human Resource Management. The way in which these elements are managed is through the various levels of hierarchy in the organizational structure. Leaders need to manage conflict in teams, communicate effectively and efficiently.


‍‍Agilemanifestor.org. 2013. Manifesto for Agile Software development. [ONLINE] Available at: http://agilemanifesto.org/. [Accessed 13 February 13].

Agilemanifestor.org. 2013. Principles behind the Agile Manifesto. [ONLINE] Available at: http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html. [Accessed 13 February 13].

Belbin, R,M. (2004) Management Teams: Why the succeed or fail. 2nd Edition. Linacre House, Oxford.

Cartwright, R. (2002) Mastering Team Leadership. Plagrave Macmillan, London.

Management Study Guide. 2013. Team Management. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.managementstudyguide.com/team-management.htm. [Accessed 13 February 13].

Microsoft. 2013. Agile Principles and Values by Jeff Sutherland. [ONLINE] Available at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd997578.aspx. [Accessed 13 February 13].

Natale,S Libertella, A, 1998. Team Management: Developing Concerns. Team Performance Management, Vol:4 No:8, PP: 319-330.

External links

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMM_92.htm (Team Management Skills)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_management (Team Management Wiki page)


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