Quick read – Lateral Leadership by Tim Herbig

In his »practical guide for agile product managers« Tim sheds some light on a weak point of product managers – the soft skills required to succeed in nowadays mainly agile working environments. More often than not I wholeheartedly agree in what he’s writing. In the projects I’ve done so far, I seldom have seen a product owner respectively manager who really was able to do leadership. Instead their behaviour often leads to conflict, especially in case they do not respect agile values and principles.

The book is quite short and can be read during one single eve. I recommend it to any manager responsible for creating working environments where people can do the best job they can, to product owners respectively managers who are still struggling with agile setups, and to scrum masters who want to improve their coaching service for their product owners.