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Delegation and abdication

 
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Hi,

In agile project management and lean development, how far the leader should be involved in the details? and what is the point at which the delegation started to be abdication?

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There are lots of opinions on this, and I dare say that the answer will probably vary across different cultures. But I personally see a really important role for leaders who understand the work in detail and can teach, mentor, and provide a reason for people to be passionate about their work. These kinds of leaders can be deeply involved with the details and provide great benefit. If, however, project managers or other managers have little knowledge of the work and are more administrators than leaders, then hands off might be a better idea. It will depend on the maturity of the development team, the access that the team has to the necessary information to make good trade-off decisions, and the personalities and expectations of the people on the team.

 
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Actually, you are right .. however, I think that leaders who go into details should also know the eye-bird view of the whole thing, as if they don't have this skill in addition to details, they will be burden than being a benefit to the project. as in this case he will be distracted as well as his team in the details and no one direct them to the whole end goal of the project or its roadmap.
 
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I think that leaders who go into details should also know the eye-bird view of the whole thing, as if they don't have this skill in addition to details, they will be burden than being a benefit to the project. as in this case he will be distracted as well as his team in the details and no one direct them to the whole end goal of the project or its roadmap.



I certainly agree. Becoming a good manager is something one has to learn, just like becoming a good developer. One problem I see is that if there are no (or very few) good leaders in an organization, then it's hard to learn how to be a good leader.
 
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Exactly! having leaders in the place specially those who lead-by-example is an invaluable asset in the place for the team to learn and for the project as well ...
 
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