Team Terminology - Self-Organizing or Self-Managing?

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After studying literature for a number of years and analyzing authors' word choices, I find that I sometimes latch on to the vocabulary that is being used in conversations  and wonder if the speaker chose the right word.  Recently I was part of a conversation about teams, and one person was using the term "self-managing" to describe them in Agile.  While I appreciate the sentiment he was trying to convey, the word-nerd in me kept thinking: "It's self-organizing, not self-managing!"  

Esther Derby

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Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.