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Challenges to Traditional Organizational Structure

Over the past several years agile techniques, including Scrum, have become the predominate way that software is produced in organizations across the world. Of course that wasn't always the case. Early on during the transition there were a lot of hotly contested debates between the pro-agile crowd and the traditional project management/waterfall crowd. Today if software isn't developed using agile techniques it's definitely an exception to the norm. Similar to how there was a transition from waterfall to agile in software development, we appear to be in the early stages of examining alternative ways to structure organizations. And just as there initially was a lot of resistance to agile principles, there is similar resistance to changing organizational structures. Some of the newer concepts include flattening/removing hierarchy , revisiting the role (and need) of management ,  removing centralized authority , and challenging the ways that organizations make decisions just