Sunday, January 24, 2010

Role of the Manager in Scrum

Pete Deemer, our Business Manager at the Scrum Training Institute, has written an excellent article on the role of the manager in Scrum.


    Like me, you probably get asked the following question quite often: "What's the role of a manager in Scrum? I'm a manager, and since I'm not mentioned in the definition of the Scrum roles, and the team is self-organizing, does that mean I'm supposed to just... disappear?" 
    I recently wrote a short guide to answering this question. A couple other CST's have stumbled upon it in the last few weeks and emailed me to say they found it quite useful, and I wanted to share it with the full group as well. If you have any feedback or suggestions, I'd love to hear. You can download the guide at: Manager 2.0: The Role of the Manager in Scrum
    Pete Deemer


Dave Moran said...

This is an excellent guide! It is very well written and makes good use of scenarios.

I have one thought about teams being "...conditioned to follow orders and not being able to self-organize until there are no orders to follow." Some teams and individuals will need guidance as they move from “being directed” to being able to self-organize. Some coaching and skills-building may have to take place to help people make the transition – and to keep the organization reasonably productive in the interim.

The scenario involving Simon rang true. We avoided this particular situation in my company through a collaborative effort amongst those of us on the management team. We worked on an “Agile Expectations” document (it was short, and to the point) that was a catalyst for everyone on the management team to research, discuss, and codify what they understood about Agile. This helped everyone understand what they were buying into with “Agile development.”

Again, I found this to be a great read!

Bachan Anand said...

Dave that is a great idea for leadership to take leadership on their understanding on Scrum and what they are buying into.