Initiator: Robert Kinnerfelt
Notetaker: Sarah Urriste
Participants: Alvin Providence, Becky Herman, Prashanth, Jens Ostergaard, Wendy, Ivy, Anjali, Michelle Mitchell

Collaboration Area: Ripen
The problem is management starting as POs and SMs when a company moves to agile
Participant: We’re finding that another problem is PMs and Managers impeding the agile transformation because they have the most to lose
Questions posed: Do we need middle management? Who is defined as middle management?

Robert proposes that there should be Artifact Management and People Management

Artifact Management: Anything you can put on a board and prioritize. The following people should perform artifact management:

People Management: Manage the environment so people can grow and become better at their job. The following people should perform people management.

Recommendations/Next Steps

How to create sustainability with middle management?

Issue: Middle management can be absent and unaware of what’s happening with their reports
Possible Solution: Implement “Guild Leaders” that pop into standups and meetings, meet with their reports to see how things are going, meet with the POs & SMs to have a holistic understanding of how their reports are doing on the Scrum team

Middle management should manage dependencies between different departments

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