For solving certain classes of problems (Complex problems in the Cynefin model) and for achieving rapid, continuous delivery (exploiting MicroServices), managerless processes are not only feasible, but nearly indispensable. I will characterize such processes and show that they conform of all the major Agile principles, while at the same time following very few of the “traditional” Agile practices. I will discuss how the common Agile practices dissolve with a MicroService architecture, and how the “breaking” of these practices contributes to true rapid delivery. I will wrap up with case studies of several organizations that made the leap to a managerless process.

About the Speaker(s)

Fred George is an industry consultant, and has been writing code for over 50 years in (by his count) over 70 languages. He has delivered projects and products across his career, and in the last decade alone, has worked in the US, India, China, and the UK. He started ThoughtWorks University in Bangalore, India, based on a commercial programming training program he developed in the 90s. An early adopter of OO and Agile, Fred continues to impact the industry with his leading edge ideas, most recently advocating Micro Service Architectures, flat team structures (under the moniker of Programmer Anarchy), and advanced development practices called Chaos Development. Oh, and he still writes code!