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Why C-Level Managers May Fear Scrum and Agile

screamScrum and agile are two notable buzz words thrown around these days. Behind the hype, however, are two nimble ways of doing development, business, and project management. Not surprisingly, C-level managers who are unfamiliar with scrum and agile are sometimes hesitant to dip into them, oftentimes being confused on terminology or applying their own traditional understanding to the new techniques employed:

Implementing Scrum techniques as a project methodology (or really a framework) represents a major culture change in a traditional organization. In the beginning, the change agent, Scrum Master or Scrum champion may encounter resistance from C-Level managers because they hear the words used to describe Scrum through a different filter than developers. This difference in perception becomes greater as the size of the organization and the distance from project execution increase.
This post by Bruce McGraw give a few tips on how to break C-level managers into the world of agile and scrum, giving great tips on explaining terms, demonstrating a scrum meeting, and positioning an end goal for them to understand.

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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