In many organizations, management is the biggest obstacle to successful Agile development. Unfortunately, reliable guidance on Agile management has been scarce indeed. Now, leading Agile manager Jurgen Appelo fills that gap, introducing a realistic approach to leading, managing, and growing your Agile team or organization.
Writing for current managers and developers moving into management, Appelo shares insights that are grounded in modern complex systems theory, reflecting the intense complexity of modern software development. Appelo’s Management 3.0 model recognizes that today’s organizations are living, networked systems; that you can't simply let them run themselves; and that management is primarily about people and relationships.
Management 3.0 doesn't offer mere checklists or prescriptions to follow slavishly: rather it deepens your understanding of how organizations and Agile teams work, and gives you tools to solve your own problems. Drawing on his extensive experience as an Agile manager and trainer, Appelo identifies the most valuable elements of Agile management, and helps you improve each of them.
Review By: Daniel Luciano 07/15/2011
Over the years, I have read many books concerning agile development. XP, Scrum, and kanban were only of few of the topics in those books. Most of them were great, and they presented many new ideas and concepts to help improve a software development process. What was lacking from most of these books was how to manage a team of agile developers. Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo is the missing manual for ways to help managers manage. Even though the subtitle is Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, I believe that many of the ideas presented in the book would apply to not only managers of agile developers, but also managers of any type of team.
Appelo’s book is the result of his personal experience and feedback he received on his blog. The book starts with Appelo’s presentation of his Management 3.0 model. The majority of the chapters discuss the model’s six views: energize people, empower teams, align constraints, develop competence, grow structure, and improve everything.
The book is in a well-thought-out format. I like the idea of presenting each view of the model, with one chapter on the theories behind the view followed by a chapter on how to apply those theories into actual practice. I have seen other books where the theories are present in the first section of the book, followed by a second section on the application of those theories. Appelo’s approach provides an easy transition to the practice while the theories are still fresh in your brain.
My favorite part of the book is the two chapters on developing competence. No matter what methodology you follow or practices you try to put into place, without a competent group of people you will not get very far.
Management 3.0 is great book, and I highly recommend it. You will want to read it multiple times, because of the wealth of information. The book is well suited for any level of management within an organization, and it fills a void in the current literature written about agile development.