How Agile Killed Managers

Agile adoption has changed the corporate landscape in many different ways. And while the change has been mostly positive for the teams, some can see Agile and Scrum ideas as a revolt against the traditional management practices. If the team is self-organized, what’s the manager’s role? Uncertainty leads to confusion and fear, stress and distrust. Managers who don’t understand the spirit of Agile, who cling to their titles and try to preserve the chain of command, can sabotage and hurt the Agile transformation. During the talk we will discuss different ways managers can become an obstacle during Agile transformation, and what they should do instead to help the teams grow to their full potential and be successful. We’ll see how the manager’s role has changed over time, what they have lost in the transition, and how their fear and insecurities can lead to management dysfunctions. We’ll review examples of how managers can ruin the agile spirit, and then take a look into ways managers can boost agile transformation and become true leaders.

At the end of the session you'll understand the conflicts and dilemmas that make your managers behave like they do, you'll learn how become a great Agile manager and how to help your manager to turn into an awesome Agile leader. You'll also have a better idea on what to expect from Agile transformation, how roles will change over time and what you can do to make it successful.

I am a Director of Software Engineering and I'm speaking from experience of being a manager in Agile world. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

* Once upon a time... What managers used to be - 5 min

* The challenge and the drama: how Agile changed managers' lives -  10 min

* The history lessons: it happened before, what does it mean for us today? - 5 min

* The way forward: agility, how can managers lead the technical transformation? - 10 min

* The way forward: leadership, what can managers can give to the teams? what can we all do to be leaders? - 10 min

* Wrap up and lessons learned: 5 min

Learning Outcome

* Learn techniques of navigating corporate world and getting resources for Agile transformation

* Understand importance of agility over "Agile" process

* Understand importance of leadership over "management"

 

Target Audience

All: individual contributors, managers, Agile coaches, Scrum masters, POs, etc.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  4 days ago
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    Hi, Katy,

    Your proposal doesn't give reviewers enough information about the session to make a judgement.

     - George

    • Katy Sherman
      By Katy Sherman  ~  4 days ago
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      Hi George!

      Thanks for your feedback. I have updated the description, please let me know what else I can do to make it more informative.

      Katy


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