One of the many myths that seem to be promulgated by Agilists is that Teamwork cannot flourish in a Command and Control Environment.
OK, what about Football teams? That is a command and control environment. Plenty of teamwork there!
Baseball? Ditto. Basketball? Ditto.
How about the Army? Most GI’s are amazingly commited to their team, their squad, their leaders, and their country. And vice versa. Command and control? You betcha!
Police forces? Same.
People can and do work as teams, in a Command and Control environment, and have for centuries. It just requires good leadership and management.
Interestingly enough, these same organizations eschew swarming and generalists and focus heavily on specialists.
Does a baseball team “swarm” around the ball? Does the 1st baseman ever pitch?
These things have evolved over time for a reason — because it’s more successful that way.
Pretending it isn’t is one of the biggest untruths of the Agile movement.
The Agilists simply do not like a Command and Control environment — they don’t have to. But they don’t have to state untruths to prop up their personal agendas.
If they don’t like their manager — find a better one. Removing them and replacing them with even more novice managers (the team) makes little sense. If it did, it would have been adopted aeons ago.