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Breaking the Addiction to Process: An Introduction to Agile Project Management by Elizabeth Scanlon Thomas

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CHAPTER 11: TEAMS SELF-ORGANISE

How near to good is what is fair!

Ben Jonson

Breaking the Addiction to Process Step 11: Stop telling people what to do like it’s 1959 – teams know better than a single manager what needs to be done.

In the old days, to improve productivity and quality, managers thought it was important to formalise the activities and tasks of the development process. In this kind of methodology people have to adapt to the process.

Agile methodology, however, has put people back at the centre of the development activities. In this kind of methodology ‘people trump process’, and processes have to be adapted to the needs of the workers.

But even Henry Gantt saw that was wrong in the early 20th century. He said:

Whatever we do must ...

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