10. If You Are Agile, What Do Managers Do?

Throughout this Book, we Walked you Through the challenges and issues of almost every kind that we all may face in managing programmers and programming teams. But while we discussed various project management approaches ranging from waterfall to agile in the context of their impact on our roles in delivery, we did not address the challenges of the transition from managing waterfall teams to managing agile ones.

A common misconception about agile is that managers are unnecessary. After all, agile is based on self-organizing teams.

As you’ve undoubtedly observed, managers don’t just go away when we’re doing agile. But if the teams organize themselves, what do managers do?

You’ve heard us opine throughout ...

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