Moving from traditional project management to agile is a paradigm shift. From push to pull systems from a control-and-command culture to a trust culture where authority is delegated. A good structure with some control mechanisms will most likely help you get the wanted results quicker. This article discusses the role that management plays in organizations that have decided to adopt agile.
InfoQ interviewed Katharine Kirk about how agile or lean can increase politics and how she combines ideas from agile and lean with eastern and tribal philosophy to deal with people issues that arise. InfoQ also asked her to give a different perspective and practical advice for addressing and navigating politics in organizations.
A Technical Team Leader should demonstrate capability in three main areas which are often overlooked: Team Support, Technical Excellence, and Innovation. In the course of preparing TTL's, organizations tend to build capacity in one the three areas, but rarely in them all, which results in a deficiency in the TTL's capabilities and performance. Read more about these capabilities in this article.
Ganesh Prasad proposes separating governance and management in SOA projects to make sure that right dependencies are used throughout the system in order to promote agility and reduce costs and risks.
At the Agile Australia conference Michael Stange spoke about patterns of organisational resistance and how to incrementally make change to structures that enable agility
At the recent Agile Australia InfoQ spoke to Nigel Dalton about social experiments in modern management, applying Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking to workplaces and disruptive innovation.
This article explains why it is inherently wrong to set up software metrics to try and 'improve' the software development process, and offers some alternatives. 3
Agile and the PMO are no longer diametrically opposed. With an ever-changing business landscape, organisations must adopt more nimble approaches, making Agile more suitable than people think. 3
Author, consultant, blogger and management guru Johanna Rothman has written a new book titled Hiring Geeks that Fit, in which she addresses the challenges and joys of employing technical people.
Mickey Mantle and Ron Lichty have written a book about managing and employing programmers. The book examines the characteristics of programmers and programming teams and discusses how to manage them.
Resistance from management is recognized as a bottleneck in agile adoption. When will we reach the tipping point where organizations unshackle themselves from the limitations of command & control? 3
"Enterprise Software Delivery" is the latest book by Alan W. Brown, and is a must-read guide for anybody concerned with the development and delivery of software in a large organisation.