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Extreme Programming Installed by Chet Hendrickson, Ann Anderson, Ron Jeffries

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The Manager Role

The manager brings the customer and developers together and helps them meld into a smoothly operating team. You don't do the process—you make the process smoother.

If you're the XP manager, we're talking to you. The XP process specifies how the team does certain things that conventional managers sometimes do. But don't worry—there's plenty for the XP project manager to do. On an XP project, the manager's role is key, and it is very much focused on management perse.

The first and last job of a good manager is to get things out of the way of the people who are doing the work. Look for things that are slowing the team, and use your special managerial powers to resolve them. Expedite purchases, make sure the workspace is arranged ...

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