Being a True Influential Agile Leader
This is a nurturing workshop for Agile Managers to become effective influential servant leaders, to support enterprise agility.
Being CEC, it is my great pleasure to share my experiences and educate participants on making coaching better.
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 servant leader and coach their teams. At the end of this workshop, the participants will understand and appreciate the insights and techniques of being an influential Agile 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.
Outline/structure of the Session
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.
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
- 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
Managers, Senior Managers, Leaders and Executive roles