Going Agile causes a lot of change within an organization, from a process, strategic, and cultural standpoint. A side effect of the Agile adoption is the confusion regarding roles and responsibilities, particularly for middle managers.
For managers, everyone is telling you what not to do, but no one is telling you what to do. You have been told that you can no longer:
- Set the priorities for the team
- Assign tasks or participate in planning
- Estimate work
- Attend Retrospectives or tell the team how to improve their processes
The good news is that with Agile, the tactical work is owned by the team. This frees up leadership to be more strategic.
In an Agile environment, here are four areas I see where management can make a huge impact:
- People Management
- Technical Excellence
- Organizational Improvement
- Business Alignment