The Role of Managers in Agile

The role of the Agile manager is to enable knowledge-based work. As ‘enablers’, managers are there to remove blockers, increase competence and ensure collaboration. Except nobody has told them that officially. Many managers in large organizations are simply doing what they have been trained to do: protecting the organization from their unpredictable employees!

Their managers, the senior managers, really do want everything that Agile and Lean offer, but are usually too busy to make a journey of change for themselves. Their own success is testament to the prevailing value system, so it is absurd to expect them to adopt a different set of values.

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