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Respect – it goes both ways

At a recent workshop, the instructor noted an animus among agile teams towards managers and executives.  Perhaps it is inevitable that, with the focus on self-managed teams, agilists would discount the importance of those outside the teams – particularly “management types.”  After all, managers are the ones who set impossible deadlines, implement bureaucratic controls, and resist change.  However, it is also helpful to remember that managers fund projects, help remove impediments, and sign paychecks.  If we agilists like these things, we should begin to appreciate the people who provide them.  Otherwise, the agile movement could stall at the team level and fail to achieve its full potential at the program and enterprise levels.

We should approach managers with at least the same respect that we demand of them.

 

 

 

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