Friday, September 18, 2009

The Illusion of Control

Buddhists believe that the control is just an illusion, people fond to control things suffer to much when they realize that they can't control everything.

Buddhists recipe for happiness (and please don't take this literally) is not creating tight bonds to anything or to anybody, just let things flow and interact without forcing control.

What I found interesting in this philosophy is that managers tend to devote much of their time and effort to craft complex control devices, dashboards, and metrics loosing perspective that in Scrum everything is about micromanagement, but not micromanagement of the team by the manager. Micromanagement of the team by the team itself is times more efficient.

If a team learns how to manage itself, the illusion of control won't be necessary any more, managers will become coaches, and will sleep better at night.

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