Recently we’ve been doing a lot of work with middle/line management in a company adopting agile. After a very successful workshop recently, I was inspired by the managers who attended. I felt the need to write this down before I forgot it. It’s simply my thoughts on an Agile Management Manifesto. It’s by no means “official.” But in the great spirit of agility, I wanted to share this transparently and get feedback from my vast network of extremely intelligent people. So here goes.
We are uncovering better ways of leading and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
Questions over directives
Empowerment over micromanagement
Learning through failure over fear of consequences
Open communication over compartmentalized expectations
That is, while there is value in the items on the right if the end goal is compliance, we value the items on the left more if the end goal is embedding the capacity for greatness in people.