Webinar: Two Patterns for Managers in Agile

This is another in our Webinar Series.

Date: May 27, 2021 (Thursday)

Time: 2 pm EDT, 1 hour.

Link: (to be added — where you can register)

We will discuss two patterns for how managers should interact with Team.

  • For senior managers: The Executive Action Team.

Many people have had this idea.  Jeff Sutherland prefers to call it the Executive Action Team (EAT).

The idea is the CEO and the top managers (or some similar group at a division level maybe), form a Scrum Team.

And the team completes the work, using a Scrum approach.  That is, they operate like a Scrum team.

We will discuss the pattern, and address your questions.

  • The IRT: The Impediment Removal Team.

The idea here is similar but different.  This idea can be used with a less senior group of managers.

The managers connected to a good-sized group of Teams take on some of the impediments of those teams.  And fix or mitigate them.  The Managers form an IRT Scrum Team.  And work in a Scrum way. The product is fixed or mitigated impediments.

Again, we will discuss the pattern, why it is used, what it really means, some issues, and your questions.


Both of these patterns are adaptable.  Both require a different mindset from the people (and not just the managers directly involved).


I think we will have a lively discussion.


Finally: If you have suggestions for topics for these webinars (really anything related to agile), please send them to me.  jhlittle@leanagiletraining.com  Thank you!


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