Currently working with the Product Owner/CEO in a Scrum role.
My management style is starting to clash with the PO. His style of management is the following:
working long hours and taking work home on weekends. 9am to 9pm with unpaid overtime. So far he has not imposed this onto us, mainly because there has been a lot of resistance from the Dev team and I. The teams he is leading (sales) are however working long hours 8-6 (9 hour days) when the should be working 8 hour days (40 hour weeks)
Waterfall method of management
Hard to please, always wants more.
Micro management, watching computer screens, being on people's back to ensure that they are doing the work.
My style of the management:
Avoiding overtime at all costs, only resorting to it in an emergency situation. Strong believer in work/life balance and feel that 40 hours a week is A LOT of time to get work done.
Agile driven management
Process driven, with a heavy dose of planning sprints properly to avoid emergency situations from occurring.
Delegate work where and when I can, maximizing the resources as much as possible. Guiding colleagues as opposed to managing them.
Tracking the team's velocity without micromanaging them from reading burn down charts and addressing impediments during stand ups
Giving the development team a lot of freedom in terms of how they complete tasks once a backlog is committed and sprint has begun.
Keeping morale high, and subsequently keeping the team on my side to remain a positive influence and high work ethic.
I am finding that our management style is starting to clash, since I am being under pressure at times to change my management style to be more like his. I am currently looking for a new job where I can practice agile in an environment which truly embraces it. What other things can I do?
Tried talking to him about being more relaxed with the team citing a decrease of morale leading to poor quality work if we force the Dev team to work beyond their contracted hours.
Having no luck, he just thinks that we are not working hard enough since we are not working a lot of overtime. I.e. 9-11 hour days instead of the standard 8
Whilst I am here, I really want this company to change so that it properly embraces agile and continues to be ethically run once I move on.