Middle managers are receiving some long-overdue attention in Agile circles. Middle managers have always played a role in Agile transformations. The unkind stereotype depicts middle managers as something like the boss in Office Space, a sinister, disconnected figure who contributes little, but interferes a lot. While I've seen some middle managers substantially undermine Agile teams, I've also seen others who were genuine supporters. In a few cases, they've been the heroes in an organization's Agile story.