The Agile framework, especially implemented with SCRUM talks about ‘self-organizing teams’ as one of its benefits. According to definition, as the term says self-organizing-teams are the ones which regulate themselves, demonstrate very high amount of collaboration & teamwork by keeping customer as the first priority. This also means a self-correcting system where teams themselves figure out what has gone wrong and what can be made better.
Does this mean Agile SCRUM implementation results in getting rid of project or people managers? If agile is deployed can we give pink slips to people managers and ask them to leave? The answer is clear NO.
Agile don’t have any standard guideline or reference about people managers or project managers however based on my practical experience I would like to share few points:
- Agile requires very high amount of maturity among team members, till then it requires stronger involvement of managers. Here the role of traditional manager take a slight deviation where he needs to play the role of a coach by taking inspirational leadership approach rather than authoritarian.
- All people are not same, they need to be differentiated. In order to implement performance management system managers are required to work closely with team.
- Only prioritized task level activities are done by SCRUM framework, whereas program / product level activities still needs to be managed well
- Will bring down task-level or micro-level action done by managers by still requires supervision and management to run the business show.