Agile Business Management

  • Provide an environment where it is safe to fail.
  • Provide all the information necessary to make appropriate decisions.
  • Uphold decisions made by the staff.

There are two primary anti-patterns for an Agile Leader; micromanagement and absence

Within Agile Business Management, the primary job of an Agile Leader is to encourage and empower cross-functional teams. This demands that team members are granted sufficient personal responsibility, accountability and authority to deliver the customers’ requirements. An Agile Leader can support this as mentioned in the slide.

If a process is under control, and within allowed tolerances, staff should have the authority to deliver, without management intervention. This assumes a robust monitoring and reporting process, to identify when management intervention becomes required. This brings us to the other extreme, an absentee manager.’, even if they are physically in the office, if they do not monitor or engage with their staff to ensure delivery. Without a manager to eliminate impediments, it becomes nearly impossible to meet any schedules or budgets.