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Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck

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Chapter 12. Management Strategy

We will manage the overall project using business basics—phased delivery, quick and concrete feedback, clear articulation of the business needs of the system, and specialists for special tasks.

The management dilemma: On the one hand, you would like the manager to make all the decisions. There is no communication overhead, because there is only one person. There is one person to be responsible to upper management. There is one person to have the vision. No one else needs to know about it, because all the decisions come from one person.

We know this strategy doesn't work, because no one person knows enough to do a good job of making all the decisions. Management strategies that are balanced toward centralized control ...

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