What an Agile Leader Does: The Group Dynamics Perspective
Paper i proceeding, 2020

When large industrial organizations change to (or start with) an agile approach to operations, managers and some employees are supposed to be “agile leaders” often without being given a clear definition of what that comprises when building agile teams. An inductive thematic analysis was used to investigate what 15 appointed leaders actually do and perceive as challenges regarding group dynamics working with an agile approach. Team maturity, Team design, and Culture and mindset were all categories of challenges related to group dynamics that the practitioners face and manage in their work-life that are not explicitly mentioned in the more process-focused agile transformation frameworks. The results suggest that leader mitigation of these three aspects of group dynamics is essential to the success of an agile transformation.

Qualitative study


Agile development processes


Lucas Gren

Volvo Cars

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering, Software Engineering for Testing, Requirements, Innovation and Psychology

Göteborgs universitet

M. Lindman

Volvo Cars

Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing

1865-1348 (ISSN)

Vol. 383 LNBIP 178-194

21st International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark,


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