As agile approaches grow in popularity and enter new areas of operation, the demand for people with agile experience and skillsets increases. To fulfill that demand, it may be time to rethink the ‘ideal’ agile candidate, focusing on capabilities not IT backgrounds.
Successful program managers create an atmosphere where team members aren’t afraid if they fail early and adjust. In return, they expect transparency, honesty, loyalty, engagement and alignment on objectives. By encouraging input from everyone, they bring out the best in their teams.
Instead of driving the completion of tasks, project leaders should point teams in the right direction and empower them to deliver positive results. Good teams become great when they have the resources needed to succeed, the flexibility to innovate, and the ownership to grow.
Empathy allows project managers to better understand the needs and concerns of their team members and stakeholders. This understanding can lead to more effective decision making, as well as a more positive and productive work environment.
Interpersonal skills can often be the most challenging aspect of emotional intelligence. Here we focus on the importance of empathy (understanding and being aware of people's feelings) and social skills (knowing how to work with others in various situations). How do you measure up?
The approach that most of us take to solving problems is wrong—or at least outdated. We try to solve problems by aiming at perfection when a different approach is needed. Sometimes, "good enough" is good enough.