Middle Management and Lean-Agile. A Conversation with with Dr. Tom Grant

July 21, 2016 — Posted by Jim Trott

Middle Management and Lean-Agile: A Conversation with Dr. Tom Grant

Dr. Tom Grant and Jim Trott discuss the implications of Lean and Agile software development for middle management. The role is changed, with different skills and behaviors required. Managers transition from being directive to enabling teams to be self-organizing. There are changes in performance evaluations, metrics, and power dynamics. They get into the team's life "just enough" in order to be helpful.

Coaching middle managers in the transition to Lean-Agile is also different: helping them acquire new skills at just the right time, learning how to do retrospections. Tom suggests using "Serious Games" as a way to help this transition. He also discusses the influence of the various Agile frameworks on management and the transition to Lean-Agile

​Dr. Tom Grant is an analyst covering software development and delivery. His specific focus areas include Agile, Lean, application lifecycle management (ALM), requirements, serious games, and the innovation process. He has also taught political science at UC Irvine and Chapman College.

This show is part of a regular series of conversations with Net Objectives consultants and thought-leaders on a variety of topics. We call this series, "The Doctor Is In!"

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In this show, Dr. Tom Grant and Jim Trott talk about the implications for Agile and Lean for middle management.

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About the author | Jim Trott

Jim Trott is a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He has used object-oriented and pattern-based analysis techniques throughout his 20 year career in knowledge management and knowledge engineering. He is the co-author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, and the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams.



        

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