Empowerment vs. Autonomy

There is much conversation in the Agile world and about the Agile world involving terms such as "Self-Management" and "Empowerment" and "Autonomy."  Agreeing to the definition of each of these terms, and making a distinction between what they signify or don't signify is vitally important to preventing the mistaken impression or misapplication of mandate, freedom, support, and guidance.  Or any mixture of the 4 concepts. Empowerment is a throttle of conveying decision-making authority to an individual or group who is closer to the work than the centralized, elevated tier in an organization which otherwise exclusively retains this decision-making authority. Autonomy is the state of holding all the decision-making authority for oneself, and inescapably owning all the effects of wielding or failing to wield that same totality of authority. I am…
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