The Rules

When Agile teams are not feeling frustrated by corporate culture, they can often be heard complaining about corporate bureaucracy. But just as culture contains valuable clues about business value, corporate rules and power structures do so as well. When we look at a particular attribute of corporate culture, we can ask what aspect of the environment or what organizational goals caused that attribute to develop and question why it is a good solution to that environmental challenge. When we look at a rule or a piece of bureaucratic machinery, we might just as well ask what problem it was intended to solve and why it was considered ...

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