Dec 172010

I see 2011 as the pivotal year in which top and middle management realize they play a crucial role in making Agile and Lean work.

While systems thinking gains some more traction in looking at organizations as systems, for many it will remain too vague to be useful.

We will see the first signs of simple and pragmatic Agile/Lean practices specifically developed for managers.

[Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]


Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo is a Senior Consultant with Cutter's Agile Product & Project Management practice. He is author of Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations.


  One Response to “Top Managers will Recognize Pivotal Role They Play in Agile”

  1. And we will also see folks (top and middle management included) beginning to realise that the local optimisation that is Agile brings with it too few benefits for the degree of stress and dysfunction it injects into the enterprise as a whole. Absent an effective systems thinking perspective (too vague and too slow in coming, I concur), many organisations will therefore throw the Agile baby out with the bathwater.

    – Bob

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