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Chapter 13. Managers

In a world where teams self-organize, is there a place for managers? Absolutely. Even though the Scrum framework doesn’t specifically mention the manager role, managers still play an important part in an agile organization. After all, plenty of non-Scrum roles exist within organizations that are nonetheless crucial to the company’s operations. (Accountant isn’t a Scrum role, but I haven’t met a Scrum team member yet who doesn’t want to get paid!)

In this chapter I discuss the responsibilities of functional-area managers (also called resource managers), such as development managers, QA managers, and art directors, within a Scr...


Cover of Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process


Now that you understand how the various agile roles work together, we can dive deeper into your own agile role: Development Manager. The Scrum framework does not specifically mention the role of manager. But, managers are still a critical part of an agile organization.