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Unless they are adopting Agile for the wrong reasons, people managers find themselves facing an interesting decision – “Am I willing to let go some control in order to take advantage of the benefits associated with Agile?”.
Being human, it is difficult not to resist change unless we know what to expect from the future and clearly understand the implications for us. Once the future becomes clearer, we can start to appreciate the need to change. That’s just the beginning… Change for what?
In his book, Jurgen Appelo presents various levels of decision making and manager involvement in the context of Agile adoption. I took the liberty to build a matrix (see below) to match Jurgen’s various leadership styles to the 7 stances of a self-organized team [a pdf version of this matrix is available for download].
(1) Taken from: Agile self-organized teams – is the team self-organized or not?
(2) Taken from: Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders
The matrix presents which leadership style the manager should be using based on the level of maturity of your team. Hope you will find it useful!