Chapter 16Managing Natural Software Development

Someone said to me, “Ron, in the real world there are managers. They’re there for a reason. In your model you don’t say much about them. What about managers?”

Well, I like to think that we’re in the business of creating the “real world,” not putting up with it. Management does need to happen. It turns out, it doesn’t need to be “management as usual.” Let’s explore.

When we work in the Natural Way, much of the “managing” is done inside the team. The Product Champion sets the vision and, working with stakeholders and team members, sets the priorities. The team “shows us the software” every couple of weeks so that everyone can tell how things are going. This lets us coordinate with stakeholders ...

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