Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A few good quotes

 image I have been reading

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition)  and in this book, Jim not only refers to a few good quotes by other authors but also has made many impactful statements.  The book provides views on Agile Leadership, Team Management and Agile Project Management. 

A few good quotes that I liked from the initial few chapters include


* Traditional managers view the plan as the goal, whereas agile leaders view customer value as the goal


Commanders know the objective;

leaders grasp the direction.

Commanders dictate;

leaders influence.

Controllers demand;

Collaborators facilitate.

Controllers micro-manage;

Collaborators encourage

* Leadership is what crosses the frontier between what we did yesterday and what we’ll do tomorrow. We’ll argue…that the real mark of a leader is confidence with uncertainty—the ability to admit to it and deal with it.”   - Phillip Hodgson and Randall White

* Agile project leaders help their team balance at the edge of chaos—some structure, but not too much; adequate documentation, but not too much; some up-front architecture work, but not too much. Finding these balance points is the “art” of agile leadership

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