Ken Blanchard coined the term The Seagull Manager in his 1985 book Leadership and the One Minute Manager. Blanchard described Seagull Managers who fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on everyone, then fly out. Do agile methods help or hinder this problem?
This perception of Management continues. A similar story is depicted in the image below (source unknown) that has gone viral on the internet.
Search for “the best flow chart ever” and read a selection of the comments. Clearly not much has changed in the past 20 years.
It seems that, despite widespread use of new development methodologies such as Agile, the chasm between development teams and senior management remains, perhaps it is even getting wider.
I firmly believe that, when both sides of the divide come together to bridge that gap, we can only help business efficiency and ultimately product quality.