1. Anyone have any experience to relate on the role of a manager in a Scrum software development environment?
2. Anyone had a pretty well functioning team that went to Scrum and had it work better?
#1 A number of teams in my company are going to the SCRUM methodology. The comment was made to me that you don't need managers because Scrum teams are "self managing". While I do see that some things are done by the team, I'm not thinking I agree with this. My thoughts are that the manager still needs to do people development - coaching, feedback, etc. You aren't assigning tasks so there is no delegation. I do see that it encourages team feedback to each other but don't see that completely replacing the feedback I give my team. But instead of guessing, I thought I'd ask.
#2 I was told that I had to come up with a plan to go to Scrum. I countered that I'd do analysis of the pros/cons of going to Scrum. My team is split across 3 geographies and after 6 months now they are really starting to work well together. We do a number of Scrum like things such as weekly demos of progress to stakeholders where we adjust work to input from them, stand-up meetings twice a week, 2 month development cycles, etc. They've been through 3 managers, a re-org, a buyout and layoffs in the last 2 years before me. So, I hesitate to change things when I'm not sure of the benefit. My initial response was "can we let some things in progress settle down and tweak as we go?" But I'm getting a lot of pressure because "everyone else is doing it". I think my team has as much anxiety as they can handle right now and don't see a benefit. Some other teams were very disfunctional due to lots of reasons. But mine has really turned themselves around. We are communicating, meeting our commitments, working together on problems, etc.