Raising the Bar: Being a true influential agile leader

This is a nurturing workshop for Agile Managers to become effective influential servant leaders, to support enterprise agility.

This is a workshop for Agile Managers and above to help them shed the command and control behavior and be more of a facilitator and coach for their teams. At the end of this workshop, the participants will understand and appreciate the insights and techniques of being an Agile influential leader. The participants also walk out with a concrete action plan on how they support the agile teams and organization. The whole workshop runs on the technique of asking powerful questions to the participants, thus making them think towards the path of self-discovery.

The number of participants for this session are limited 20-25

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Agile Values & Principles Overview [15 min]

I will distribute the printouts of Agile manifesto and 12 Principles and initiate a discussion by asking 3 powerful questions. Every table has to discuss among their team and debrief later. Discussion points are:

Are leaders in alignment with these values? Talk about their journey to alignment: 1. faith that this is a sound proven framework; 2. trust in teams to do their best; support teams; 3. review results, adjust continue support. This should not be the first time leaders have seen this; if it is ask why? Even if they did not go to training, it is their responsibility to know this stuff since their teams are doing it. I will ask what the challenges are and write those on flip-chart.

When reviewing these, I would help them talk more about the impact to leaders/managers. Ask for some examples of these in practice that they have seen. Ask what the challenges are and write those on flip-chart.

Leadership Expectations & Agile [10 min]

I would show a sample of company expectations from their leaders, and I want each team to recollect the expectations from them in their organizations and write them down. Next I would want each team to relate their organization expectations to 12 principles of Agile. I would give few minutes to discuss among the teams and later one person from each team summarize.

Leading the change [10 min]

I will show couple of slides on what is leader role in leading and driving organizational change, and I will show 8 steps of leading change.

Next, I will ask 3 questions to each team and they have to discuss and write the answers to questions on the flip chart and later one person summarize. They may also discuss the challenges they face while navigating through the change.

Leadership effectiveness and style [20 min]

I will show couple of slides on leadership effectiveness based on three key areas and ask few questions on An agile manager’s effectiveness can be enhanced or lessened by how these three key areas affect them; e.g. do their own managers and leaders support them? What is their leadership style? If they tend to micro manage, it will be harder to be effective in letting go; if they can’t walk the agile mindset talk, teams won’t buy-in and stick with it…

I’ll read the slide and then let teams know you’ll be diving into each area. I will ask the teams to describe what culture means to them, and then write on flip-chart I will also ask the group to describe their current company culture, write answers on flip-chart; have discussion on how the descriptions affect their effectiveness, positive or negative I will also help to identify that a leadership style is so important when working through change and especially with agile Summary – if we can get these aligned, effectiveness increases and adoption can go smoother and possibly faster with better results

Being true agile influential leader [15 min]

I will show couple of slides on how an agile leader can drive and support organizational change. I will ask questions based on the slides so that the participants can relate the organizational change with their current work place and write few challenges on the flip chart. Finally, a summary slide of the Agile leader

Next Steps and Action plan [10 min]

In teams, I will ask participants to choose 3-4 challenges listed and discuss possible solutions and actions they can take going forward. Next, they have to complete the action plan listed in the handbook.

Closing [10 min]

Any Q& A Quick retrospective about the workshop

Learning Outcome

  • Understand your current state in the transition to Agile & what it takes to move forward
  • Understand how Agile supports & aligns with organization Leadership Expectations
  • Understand how you can improve your effectiveness as an Agile leader
  • Understand your current leadership style & how it aligns with Agile
  • Understand the key areas of focus for Agile leaders
  • Leave with a personal action plan of next steps

Target Audience

Managers and Senior Leaders in a Organization

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  • Sarabjit Singh Bakshi
    By Sarabjit Singh Bakshi  ~  2 years ago
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    Thanks Sekhar , could you share a  ball park figure how many slides would you be consuming to deliver the talk . 

    Sarab

    • Sekhar Burra
      By Sekhar Burra  ~  2 years ago
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      Sarab,

      There are around 40 slides

      Thanks

      Sekhar

      • Venkatraman L
        By Venkatraman L  ~  2 years ago
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        Dear Sekhar,

        Is it viable to cut it down by half? Even for a 45 min talk, the good % should be around 20 so that you can speak to it. Even on average 3 bullets per slide (unless all 40 are single image graphics), this would be a long slideshow. Please do review and see if youc an reduce it. 

        Been through this weight reduction myself, many a times and it actually helps than being a detriment. 

        Best

        Venkat

        • Sekhar Burra
          By Sekhar Burra  ~  2 years ago
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          Hi Venkat,

          I have clearly mentioned in the description what I'll be doing for 90 minutes. It is certainly not all talk. It is a workshop, full of engaging stuff. Most of the time is consumed during the exercises. I have done this before and certainly not a boring session for particpants.

          It is indeed a 4 hours session which I normally take, that is being reduced to 90 min. If you want me to cut it down further, partcipants may not see any value out of it.

          Best

          Sekhar

          • Venkatraman L
            By Venkatraman L  ~  2 years ago
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            Sure Sekhar. As long as you are very confident, you can leave it the way it is. One good thing to probably limit the number of participants of the workshop to your comfort, already-played-out levels. The more tables, the more questions and that will take your scheduled time. Just my 2 cents. 

            Good luck with your proposal. 

            Thanks

            Venkat

            • Sekhar Burra
              By Sekhar Burra  ~  2 years ago
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              Yes, that's a good idea. I'll limit the number of participants to 20-25.

              Thank you so much

              Sekhar

              • Venkatraman L
                By Venkatraman L  ~  2 years ago
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                Hello Sekhar,

                On second thoughts, The conference is expecting arond 500-600 people a day and hence we would like to have as much people participating int he conference than 20-25 which seems to be on lower side.. which would lead others to turn away from the room. We need more people to benefit from every track possible. 

                the concern i had raised earlier is about the time lost in Q & A as they settle down. 

                So, is it possible for you to think of how to scale this workshop to accommodate more people, maybe provide them wiht a cheat sheet that answers most of the workshop generic questions (given that you have done it multiple times before) ?

                Thoughts ? 

                • Sekhar Burra
                  By Sekhar Burra  ~  2 years ago
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                  I will get some hand outs. Not really sure how they help, because questions come from the flow of the workshop.

                  I'm fine to conduct the same workshop one more time, based on the public demand, if more people sign up. I may be able to accomdodate 5-10 more, but cerainly not in hundred's.

        • Sekhar Burra
          By Sekhar Burra  ~  2 years ago
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          Venkat,

          This is certainly not all talk. I have done this before, it is full of engaging stuff. Most of the time consumed doing the hands on exercises. I have cleared written with breakup in the description of what I will do for 90 min. 

          I usually do the same for 4 hours, which I had to cut it down to 90 min, if you want me to cut down even further, partcipants may not see any value out of it.

  • Evan Leybourn
    By Evan Leybourn  ~  2 years ago
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    Interesting topic - what are your "3 powerful questions"? What tone are you setting in the conversation?

    • Sekhar Burra
      By Sekhar Burra  ~  2 years ago
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      My 3 powerful questions about Agile Principles are 

      1. Describe one or two scenarios where you’ve put one or more of the agile values or principles into action. Did some seem easier to use than others? Which ones?
      2. Describe one or two scenarios where you’ve observed your teams putting one or more of the values/principles into action? Did some seem easier for the team to use more than others? Which ones?
      3. What are some ways you will use these going forward?

       


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    Picture this!  – I landed a job with a company and team that I had wanted for a long time. Everything was going to plan until after about a year when I faced relocating to a far off land due to personal reasons. Imagine having to give up a job that you love and believe is going to be good for your career progression. Imagine working for a company that’s so awesome that, when I told them I had to move, they offered me the chance to become a full time remote worker!

    This was about 6 months ago and I have been a full time remote tester since then. I have learnt a lot during this time and want to share my experiences with you.

    Geographical limitations no longer stop people from working on awesome teams, or stop companies recruiting the right testers for the job. There are huge benefits for the remote worker and the company alike.  However, there are also drawbacks on both sides and remote working is not something to take lightly.

    At NewVoiceMedia we run a ‘Remote Working Community of Interest’ where we tackle some of the difficulties faced by remote workers as well as enjoy the benefits. To make remote working work there have to be changes made by the remote worker, the company and the colleagues who work in the office.  I want to present what these changes could be and could potentially mean to you, and your team.

     

     

     

     

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    ShriKant Vashishtha - Completely Distributed Agile - A Case Study

    45 mins
    Talk
    Advanced

    What about a case where the whole team is completely distributed, i.e. every team member works from home, possibly from a different country or from a different time-zones. What about the challenges faced by a team where team-members are distributed with 7-8 time-zones.

     

    In the new era of Lean Startup, some startups are working and developing software in this fashion. This session is a case-study of one such startup which is completely distributed. How they are working, are they using Agile or have evolved some new practices which work for them. What kind of different challenges these teams face on regular basis and how do they solve them, these are some of the question this session tries to answer.

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    Ragunathan Pattabi / Rajesh Yanuganti - Pair Programming - Myth Busters!

    20 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Calvin and Hobbes

    “If a task takes 1 hour; it takes 2 hours in pair programming.”
    “This fix is needed urgently; it is better done alone to save time.”
    “It is good only for complicated tasks; there is no need to pair program on simple tasks.”

    These are some of the statements you may be hearing around you from experienced developers to even managers. Sadly, there is lack of understanding of dynamics that make pair programming a key agile engineering practice. This, in turn, resulted in lack of its acceptance in teams adopting agile methodologies. Our mission is to dissect the myths around pair programming which brings continuous learning, productivity, quality, and the joy of collaboration to countless developers every day.

     

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    Madhavi Ledalla - Gamification –an essential element for vibrant retrospectives.

    Madhavi Ledalla
    Madhavi Ledalla
    Agile Coach
    ADP
    schedule 2 years ago
    Sold Out!
    90 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    High performance agile teams are always striving to achieve an effective retrospective that enables the team to discuss the success criteria, and define the areas of improvement further.  This is an important aspect for cross functional teams – the development, operations, database administrators, systems administrators, QA testers, product managers - to focus on excellent communication and collaboration. 

    Over the years, my experience has been that retrospectives can get monotonous with time, and hence tend to become ineffective. The more I engaged with the process, the more I felt the need to revolutionize the process, bring out something new, fun, and exciting to make the retrospectives vibrant.  The other interesting aspect I came across during my research into the subject was the theory of gamification and the universality of its application. 

    During this session the audience will understand how the concept of gamification brings in a completely different dimension of thinking while maintaining the element of fun as we try and apply it to a few everyday situations!

     I have leveraged Luke Hohmann’s Innovation Games, The Conteneo Collaboration Could platform for this concept of gamification so that distributed teams can benefit by this.