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:

  • ScrumMaster
  • ScrumMaster/Lead
  • 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.

Learning Outcome

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

Target Audience

Executives, Group managers, Team leaders

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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  • Prasad
    By Prasad  ~  5 years ago
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    Can you also bring any stories of using this model in large enterprises?


  • Doc Norton
    By Doc Norton  ~  5 years ago
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    Given the links are not working, can you provide some more details in the write-up? For example, what is the content of the Agile Leadership Manifesto? 


  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  5 years ago
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    Hi Yael,

       Your link goes to a Dean Leffingwell presentation, was that your intent?

    Could you share the manifesto you have come up with?  That would help me in judging the quality of presentation.




    • Yael Rabinovich
      By Yael Rabinovich  ~  5 years ago
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      Hi Joel,

      The link is directed to the videos of sessions in Agile Israel 2014, the 6th video is the one from the session I did on the topic together with Sagi (it's in Hebrew ;-)

      • Doc Norton
        By Doc Norton  ~  5 years ago
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        This video link is also not working for me.


  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  5 years ago
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    Hi Yael - I ws not able to access the gdoc (have request for sharing) and the link to video doesn't work. Is your model more built around scrum, since the titles seems to be an extension of those in scrum? If yes, is it more like a Scrum Leadership Manifesto than an Agile LEadership MAnifesto?