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Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 3. Guiding Principles: Leadership-Collaboration Management

Management Style

Sitting in the local Java Jerry’s, Herman picked up his conversation with Maya. “Agile practices like iterative delivery sound okay, but I’m having a problem with the management style. I mean, ’egalitarian workplace’ sounds like some liberal, socialist conspiracy.”

“Don’t get me started on politics, Herman. What I heard him ask was why, if we think it’s important for our government to operate as an egalitarian democracy, we’d accept an authoritarian hierarchy in our workplace? It’s the old command-control versus collaboration argument.”

“But projects aren’t democracies. They’re dictatorships. We don’t vote on critical issues. If I don’t make the decisions, ...

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