Research paper on 'What happens to Engineering Manager in Agile world'

This is an extremly simple topic with a very complex answer. I have spent last 3 years experimenting and working with lot of people to understand what happens to the so called Manager role in Agile world. With a self organizing, empowered team, does Manager still have a role? Do you shelve these senior people who drove all your deliverables in the past for your company? Do you just let go the technical expertize these people bring along?

The research information around the experiment and results will be shared and am very positive that this will help lot of organizations move forward with great benefits. We will see how certain gaps that are created with introduction of Agile can be solved through these senior professionals. At the same time teams don't need to compromize or business doesn't need to compromize on new found agility by adopting any of the Agile practices.

The very next discussion that I will touch base as part of this presentation is the role of Project Leads. Many Leads resist movement to Agile because they feel their growth will now be stagnated. Is this true? It is again an interesting data set captured by talking to Leads in waterfall world and understanding what they really aspire for.

Looking forward to sharing my insights with real implementation and resulting data that I'm sure each of you will benefit from.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

1. Introduction to the problem statement: "What happens to Engineering Manager in Agile world?" - 5 min

2. Present various implementations that have been done in the industry and why they didn't work in general - 5 min

3. Deep dive into implementation that has worked for the author post assesment of all other methods - 10 min

4. Share actual data around "new role of an engineering manager" and his engagement cycle - 10 min

4. Deep dive into understanding similar challenge in the Lead role in waterfall method and proposal of an answer to that in Agile world - 5 min

5. Counter arguements and Q & A. - 10 min

Learning Outcome

In an Agile world, contrary to the belief that certain roles become redundant, one can learn that these roles can be more productive and add more value to your business if managed well. By letting certain segment mismanaged, your organization can topple very fast. It is an inclusive journey and it is just a mindset change of being Agile that matters. The great positive learning by the author in his own experience is bound make many take advantage of this technique without having to suffer the pains of the journey.

Target Audience

Anyone practicing Agile

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  • Ulhas Deshmukh
    By Ulhas Deshmukh  ~  3 years ago
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    I m particularly interested in discussion about Leads role in agile team
    can we map lead roles particularly test leads to SME or testing specialist?

    • Naveen Indusekhar
      By Naveen Indusekhar  ~  3 years ago
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      Thank you for your feedback Ulhas. Yes definitely, there are roles in Agile world that have more meaningful role compared to waterfall. In many cases people fail to recognize this and technical practices take a back seat. I plan to share details through this paper.

      • Naresh Jain
        By Naresh Jain  ~  3 years ago
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        Hi Naveen, this sounds very interesting. Can you please share the paper or any other material you've published on this subject? We would like to review it before we select the proposal.

        • Naveen Indusekhar
          By Naveen Indusekhar  ~  3 years ago
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          Thank you Naresh for the feedback. I will share the slides shortly. It is based on real time experience and implementation at our company (within my Business Unit) that has worked brilliantly.

          • Naresh Jain
            By Naresh Jain  ~  3 years ago
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            Naveen, we think this is a important topic. However we've only a 20 mins experience report slot. Can you please adjust to 20 mins slot? Then we'll accept it.

            • Naveen Indusekhar
              By Naveen Indusekhar  ~  3 years ago
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              Sure Naresh, I can squeeze it in 20 mins. Thank you for the opportunity.

               

              • Naresh Jain
                By Naresh Jain  ~  3 years ago
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                Please update the proposal and then we'll accept it.

        • Naveen Indusekhar
          By Naveen Indusekhar  ~  3 years ago
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          I have just about uploaded the slides. They are here:

          http://www.slideshare.net/NaveenIndusekhar/what-happens-to-engineering-manager-in-agile-world

           


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