Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Applied “Democracy vs Leadership”

I have recently struck with this thought. In ideal scenarios Scrum process says that you break down the tasks and allocate them to each of your developer. They should come back to you with XYZ number of estimated hours for their tasks. Good enough!!! But then is it always fine to turn to your people for estimation and to decide way forward? Some people hide their lack of leadership behind being supporter of democracy. These people don’t even take quick decision to sort out people issues. They throw away some jargon at you or hide behind some process.

I say we don’t need these kind of people in our industry. IMO we should have the leaders who can take brisk decisions. Who can some time override the set process to help their people and to make fast progress. Who can bend the things to suit themselves and project conditions.

Imagine this; In train engine is asking each bogie about their choice of destination, rather than leading them from the front to a certain destination.

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