Traditional organizations assign differing degrees of control to certain roles, a key role being manager. Senior Director of Coaching and Training Doc List has seen cross-functional teams comprising devs, UX, QA and other roles reporting to the dev manager, UX manager, QA manager or some other type of manager, respectively. The result is chaos and confusion due to competing priorities and power plays. Often a manager is assigned to the ScrumMaster or Product Owner role. In the event of a conflict of interest, team members are forced to ask themselves which role the manager-SM is filling. In a technical setting, this is especially problematic. Doc’s session at KAA2016 aims to shed some light on this problem and explore possible alternatives that better support Agile structures.
SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Keep Austin Agile 2016.