Is transparency doomed?

A lot of eminent people bang on about the value of transparency in business, as if total transparency were a virtue. However, when it comes to teamwork and within the context of that work, a team cannot function effectively without an appropriate level of transparency. These thoughts popped into my head as I was researching the appropriateness of Agile working for big business. Crudely stated, this involves creating small teams of people with mixed roles and who have enough knowledge and experience between them to achieve their given tasks without needing to deal with a management hierarchy, either internal or external to the team. Typically, they will include a customer or customer proxy, to help ensure that what they’ll deliver matches the customer’s needs and expectations. As you probably know I train people on how to get the most out of their interactions with others, typically in business but much…

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