Agile Anti-Pattern: The Inverted Org

Inverted Org by kjudyA chain of direct and “dotted line” reporting that makes a worker accountable to many managers with no clear boss.

A near total separation of authority and responsibility. The worker is always at fault but overworked and excused. The communication overhead justifies creating more managers.

Related Anti-Pattern: Value Stream Backwash where analysts specify more projects than workers have capacity to deliver. Again, often solved with more analysts.

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About Ken Judy

I am an executive manager, software developer, father and husband trying to do more good than harm. I am an agile practitioner. I say this fully aware I say nothing. Sold as a tool to solve problems, agile is more a set of principles that encourage us to confront problems. Broad adoption of the jargon has not resulted in wide embrace of these principles. I strive to create material and human good by respecting co-workers, telling truth to employers, improving my skills, and caring for the people affected by the software I help build.

One thought on “Agile Anti-Pattern: The Inverted Org

  1. Wow. This sounds so much like my current contract it’s not even funny. Well, actual it is. 🙂

    I’ll have to remember this anti-pattern.

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