Fundamental Misunderstandings

In an organization that is using Agile software development, can managers with no Agile experience or training be effective? Should they have some basic understanding so that they can guide Agile teams in the right direction? Or, does it matter if the team is self-organizing? Can a lack of understanding about Agile software development by managers harm Agile teams? Some of the best Agile projects I have been involved in were ones where the managers spent a lot of time learning Agile best practices and what works for other companies running Agile projects. On projects where this was not the case, we tended to have a lot of issues.

Real-Life Stories

Story 1: Artificial Limits

While on a Scrum team I saw ...

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