Vic’s Picks: Slack

I just read “Slack” by Tom DeMarco, a short book about why “super-efficiency” in knowledge organizations actually stiffles productivity, effectiveness, and agility. I just bought a copy for my partner, Laszlo, too.

My fellow scrummer Deb Hartmann has written a great review of the book:
http://tinyurl.com/6zkyu

I tend to lean toward this style of management naturally now, a big departure from the days of trying to impose “pressure and fear” on my group as a leverage mechanism. I believe this management style is a critical requirement for fostering truly self-organizing teams.

scrumdevelopment thread on “Slack”:
http://tinyurl.com/5oq5f

Victor Szalvay

Victor Szalvay currently leads product development for CollabNet’s ScrumWorks® product suite. In that capacity, he works closely with customers, stakeholders, and the development teams to deliver high business value each release cycle. With more than 150,000 active users worldwide, ScrumWorks is used by more than half of the Fortune 100 and boasts the largest market share of any Agile management tool.

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One comment on “Vic’s Picks: Slack
  1. Victor Szalvay says:

    Limits to slack

    As a follow up to this, a friend of mine sent me a (light) article on slack taken to the extreme with negative consequences:
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2005/0313/cover.html
    Clearly there is some middle-ground sweet spot where good people are able to flourish and be effective, but some mechanism to keep their feet planted on the ground at the same time.

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