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Chapter 7. How to Empower Teams

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.

—Elie Wiesel, writer, political activist, Nobel Laureate (1928–)

Sir Francis Bacon once wrote the famous words “knowledge is power.” (Actually, he wrote “for also knowledge itself is power,” but history decided that wasn’t catchy enough.) This resonates with the idea that knowledge workers are (em)power(ed) workers. They have the knowledge, so they are the ones wielding...

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Cover of Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders

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In knowledge-rich environments, the knowledge workers have the most critical jobs. In an agile environment, management is more comparable to leading a sports team, where as the manager you act a facilitator and coach. The work of the project is done by your star players, the development team. This lesson discusses ways to empower your team and the types of activities you should avoid.