Chapter 20. Leadership and the mature team
by Mike Burrows
Roy’s second chapter about the three team phases rings true in my experience as a team member, project leader, and development manager, but still it touches a red button of mine! I’m grateful to Roy for his gracious offer to let me respond.
My red button? I worry about the Agile community’s recent focus on self-management. Don’t get me wrong; self-management’s a good thing, but in its current popular usage it has two problems:
- It fails to satisfactorily capture the powerful concept (borrowed from the study of systems) of self-organization.
- There seems to be a move in the community to minimize the role of leadership.
Self-organization’s at the heart of agile methods; indeed, it’s ...