Self-managed Teams

Self-managed teams are autonomous teams who take on many of the responsibilities of their former supervisors. They solve problems, implement solutions and take full responsibility for outcomes.

Typically, self-managed teams perform related or interdependent jobs. They select their own members and evaluate each others performance. The responsibilities such teams take on are;
  1. Planning and scheduling of work.
  2. Assigning tasks to members.
  3. Collective control over the pace of work. They have willingness to work together to achieve goals.
  4. Making operating decisions.
  5. Taking actions to solve problems.
Self-managed teams increase productivity and satisfaction. However, the effectiveness of self-managed teams is depends on the situation. It depends on:
  1. The type of tasks undertaken by the team and work design in terms of autonomy, skill variety, task identity and task significance.
  2. The strength of the team norms.
  3. The performance-based reward system in the team. It should be perceived equitable by team members.
  4. Composition of team in terms of member abilities, personality, roles, size.
  5. Situational leadership and common goals.
  6. Flexibility to adapt to changing environment.
A project team is a formal team created deliberately to achieve specific objectives. It is generally a cross-functional team. It consists of a group of people from different backgrounds, experiences, disciplines, skills and personal needs. The project manager is the leader of the project team. It is his responsibility to build project people into a cohesive team by harnessing their abilities, creativity and efforts to achieve project objectives.

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