The Agile Leadership Manifesto in Practice
13 years after the Agile Manifesto was born, we are witnessing the worldwide adoption of its principles into the mainstream. Still, individuals and companies struggle to figure out what is the role of the manager in an Agile environment. As part of my work with many software development organizations, we have helped them come up with role definitions for team leads. Leveraging that experience, we have created a draft for an Agile Leadership Manifesto, which aims to define the mindset Agile calls managers to adopt. In this talk we will present the manifesto, will contrast it against the traditional leadership tenets, and will test its principles against some examples and scenarios, in which these principles can help us decide which behavior is called for.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
I will present the principles we chose to include in the Leadership Manifesto, point out the sources they draw upon, and contrast those with the alternative principles in the traditional management approaches.
I will present a different leadership models, at the team level:
- Lead + ScrumMaster
We will discuss these models and will map their roles and responsibilities into the manifesto.
In addition, we will show examples of organizations and how they have structured these roles. In Agile scaling models we encounter rich structures including teams, squads and chapters, which call for many permutations in responsibilities.
We will also put all the above in the context of the complex environment most Agile software projects dwell in, which requires team leads to take an approach that is mainly concerned with creating a learning culture, promoting collaborative approaches, understand the people we manage and what they need, and adopting customer value driven perspective.
Understand how the Agile implementation in Large organization challenge the models of management
What are the principeles and mindset leaders should adopt as a result - in the form of Leadership manifesto
Examples\case studies of the permutations of management practiced in different organizations adopted agile methods
Executives, Group managers, Team leaders