8 Reasons NOT to do an Agile Management Course

They promised us to radically change the world, they promised us victory, but it didn’t happen did it?
It has been 10 years now since we Agile Advocates hang the Agile manifesto up on our wall, so what went wrong?

Although there are at least hundred of Agile books out there how many do you know that are specifically targeted towards managers and I’m not just talking about project managers here. Honestly, I don’t know of any book I would really recommend to someone who has been leading large international organizations for 20 years. Remember we’re not just talking about running projects here. The Agile literature has overlooked the one person that will actually make all the difference in the world.

Let’s put an end to that, right here, right now!

Meet Jurgen Appelo author of Management 3.0 and in 2011 one of my favorite trainers who will work with us teaching managers how to turn command and control thinking into organizational learning, creating a perfect habitat for Agile projects. You can already find our Agile Management training offer online.

I asked Jurgen the following question below but requesting him to explain why you should NOT do an Agile Management Course. We wouldn’t want you to pay for something you already know do we? 😉


You are already running a perfect business.
Why should you need an Agile Management course?

So, you do software development “the Agile way”… You already have self-organizing teams practicing Scrum; you have sent some people to a ScrumMaster course; and managers in your organization are told to “be leaders instead of managers”.

Here are 8 reasons why that might be enough…

  1. You already know all about the different approaches and uses of Agile, Lean, Scrum, XP, and Kanban, and how to introduce and combine them in your organization.
  2. You already know how to apply systems thinking to your business, and you treat teams as complex adaptive systems instead of factory lines or engines.
  3. Your people are already fully energized and motivated. They think nothing is more fun, challenging, and rewarding than finishing their current project before the next deadline.
  4. You already know how to delegate stuff to teams. It’s like, “I don’t care how you do it, just make sure that this gets done by the end of the month. I’ll see you then.”
  5. You have self-organizing teams, and self-organization always leads to good results. Management constraints are so 20th century. Just like government laws in a free society are just useless overhead.
  6. You don’t have any trouble with unskilled or undisciplined people. All employees were already fully competent when they came flying in through the windows on their broomsticks.
  7. You don’t need to think about the structure of your organization, because the self-organizing teams can decide for themselves how to grow their own departments and business units.
  8. You don’t need to concern yourself with business improvement, because all improvement efforts are already addressed by a few dozen Kanban boards all over the organization.

Congratulations, you seem to have a perfect business!

However, if you’re not entirely sure about some of these eight items, you might want to consider attending a 2-day Agile Management course. It’s brand new, high quality, very Agile, and created specifically for team leaders, development managers, and software developers with leadership ambitions in Agile organizations.

It’s also a lot of fun.

Jurgen Appelo

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