So you have, or you are implemented Agile in some form, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe… These are both exciting and scary times. You’ve convinced your boss that this is a better way to create software, to create and deliver business value earlier, quicker and to build an amazing team. You have told your boss you can take him or her to management utopia! Well now it’s time to deliver…
So, why is it then that some many companies that I see have made this massive paradigm shift in thinking, expect their team members to do the same… even though they are still in a work environment that was, to be quite frank, devised in the late 1800’s.
Agile + Fun = Management Utopia
(Massive results, happy staff and happy bosses!)
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I talk to a lot of project managers and they always have the same question for me…
“What is my role in an agile organization?”
They see the scrum roles of scrum master, product owner and scrum team member and they say, “Wait a second, there is no role for a project manager in there. Do I even have a place in an agile organization?”
Well the answer to that is an emphatic yes.
I think that most project managers have a skill set that transfers over very well to scrum, but the key is understanding which skills do transfer over well and which ones are going to have to adjust.
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One of the cornerstones of Scrum is the self-managed team, and managers often struggle with this change in thinking. Here are a few tips I have picked up on how to best deal with this issue.
A common question I get asked is:
“How can I support my teams in doing a better job of self-organizing and self-managing?”
Well, there are actually several things you can do to support your teams as they learn these new self managed behaviors and get better at them.
Straight up, don’t manage your Scrum team. I will repeat that…
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