In a world where teams self-organize, is there a place for managers? Absolutely. Even though the Scrum framework doesn’t specifically mention the manager role, managers still play an important part in an agile organization. After all, plenty of non-Scrum roles exist within organizations that are nonetheless crucial to the company’s operations. (Accountant isn’t a Scrum role, but I haven’t met a Scrum team member yet who doesn’t want to get paid!)
In this chapter I discuss the responsibilities of functional-area managers (also called resource managers), such as development managers, QA managers, and art directors, within a Scrum organization. I conclude by discussing the project manager role within a Scrum organization.