“Manage the system, not the people” – the Agile community. I found this browsing Management 3.0 website when I was enrolled in my “HR in Agile” workshop. I think the founder Jurgen Appelo said it. In the past Managers used to be the most skillful people in the team that passed their knowledge to the team. Managers were those that decided what, how, when, and why will be done. Team simply followed. That was managing people, not the system. Agile Managers nowadays care about the actual setting, dynamics, and environment of the team so the team can decide what, how, when and why certain project will be done and agree on its execution. The team performs and manages itself, and the Manager molds, shapes and transforms the setting in which the team is situated, so the best possible environment to perform is achieved for the team. This is very empowering for the team and sets quite a mature environment where people can make their own decisions. At least this is how I see it.