Who am I now? - Exploring the Role of Managers in an Agile World

In the latest "State of Agile" report lack of management support was still near the top of the list in what stalls or even derails successful agile adoptions. Managers are often confused on exactly what their role should be and how to transition from a 'project management' mindset to 'agile support' mindset. In my experience - as a former project manager turned agile support leader and now training/coaching agile teams - I have found managers need, but often don't receive, support and guidance on how to avoid being a suck of overhead dollars and a burden to a team - but instead focus on growing their people and modeling Lean culture while still performing important and necessary corporate or compliance functions. 

 

 
2 favorite thumb_down thumb_up 0 comments visibility_off  Remove from Watchlist visibility  Add to Watchlist
 

Outline/structure of the Session

  • Intro - describe challenge of fitting management into an agile world and risks of leaving them out  - 5 minutes
  • How a manager fits into the picture - 5 minutes
  • Agile manager role highlights - 25 minutes
    • Culture steward
    • Enterprise translator
    • HR supporter 
    • People champion
  • Summary - 5 minutes
  • Questions - 5 minutes

Learning Outcome

Understand challenges managers face and how they fit into an agile enterprise

Describe tips to build and support agile teams

Explain how to model and support agile values

Describe servant leadership and how meeting teams needs changing in an agile world

Target Audience

Managers, HR, Team Leaders, Scrum masters and anyone supporting agile teams

Prerequisite

None

schedule Submitted 1 week ago

Comments Subscribe to Comments

comment Comment on this Proposal

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Losing good people during your transformation? Getting more resistance than you expected? You may be producing unwanted reactions in the way you are leading your people through change. If you want your Agile transformation firing on all cylinders without the harmful side-effects, people at all levels need to become Catalysts.

    Catalytic leaders help lead continual improvement - change. How can we do that? How can anyone be a leader? This workshop will mix presentation with exercises to help you understand practical things you can do to lead change effectively.

  • Mark Grove
    Mark Grove
    Trent Hone
    Trent Hone
    schedule 2 weeks ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Imagine you were hired to provide consulting assistance for a new team just starting out with Kanban. The team has been struggling with their implementation and is looking forward to your expert guidance, support, and advice. It’s your first day and you just walked into the team room to look at their board. You want to make smart observations and thoughtful interpretations so you can have meaningful conversations with the team members. The team starts assembling in the team room for the daily standup and you plan on making some comments afterwards.

    What comments would you make? What thoughtful questions would you ask?

    This interactive presentation provides a detailed look at how to interpret and thoughtfully observe Kanban Boards to better understand the work of your teams. We will start with an overview of the Lean Kanban Method and then proceed through a series of interactive exercises that give you an opportunity to review and interpret various Kanban boards. The exercises will increase your understanding of Kanban systems and provide opportunities to practice interpreting various board setups so you can have thoughtful and meaningful conversations with your teams.

  • Liked Manjit Singh
    keyboard_arrow_down

    What Effective Agile Contracts Look Like

    Manjit Singh
    Manjit Singh
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The Agile Manifesto has been around for over 16 years. That seems like enough time for organizations to adapt to Agile processes and get the hang of writing Agile contracts. Yet, when it comes time for US Federal Agencies to enter into a contract about Agile work processes and deliverables, we're still seeing Waterfall language persist.

    If we want to see Agile software development contracts that are truly aligned for the best interests of all parties involved, there are a few steps that we need to take. Learn what these steps are in this presentation.

     

  • Liked Art Moore
    keyboard_arrow_down

    LeSS vs SAFe - And the Great Scaling Debate

    Art Moore
    Art Moore
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    10 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    (Can do 10 or 45. Title for 10 minutes would be Less vs. SAFe - in 10 Minutes).  Probably few topics in Agile generate more philosophical polarization, strength of opinion, and catch phrases than how to scale Agile, and nothing represents that fact better than comparisons of LeSS and SAFe.  But if we step back and take a dispassionate look - or try to - what do we find at the next level of specifics?  If you sift the data, what are key differences in terms of practice and structure, and the two or three key differences in principles or philosophy that drive them?  What shakes out.  And - what we rarely or ever dwell on - what is the same or similar about them, and what if anything can we learn from that?  These are the questions we look at and results we share in this presentation.  

  • Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    Daniel Davis
    Daniel Davis
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    As we have seen from recent reports in the news and elsewhere, cyberattacks come many sources. How can we use Agile practices to improve organization's information security posture?

    In this session, Dan and Paul will discuss techniques that can help make information security an important part of software development and speed your response to threats. The use of hardening pipelines, dark stories, and user stories/acceptance criteria that map to policy guidance based on NIST 800-53 controls will be discussed and how each approaches improving your security posture from a different angle.

  • Liked Beth Hatter
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Addressing Growing Pains - Supporting Agile Culture while Scaling

    Beth Hatter
    Beth Hatter
    schedule 1 week ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In my experience working with larger agile programs in the Federal government, it has been challenging at times to support an agile culture when scaling across multiple teams.  Having several teams means agile practices often have to change slightly from team level practices, and maintaining the agile culture while supporting self organizing teams becomes a fine line.  There is a need for teams to maintain their own style and approach while sharing common language and some processes and understandings across several teams.  This talk will examine how to use team kickoff training, such as SAFe for Teams, and early coaching opportunities to create the shared thoughts and behaviors to build an agile culture.

  • Liked JENNIFER M FORREST
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Jira 101

    JENNIFER M FORREST
    JENNIFER M FORREST
    schedule 4 days ago
    Sold Out!
    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    This session is for newbies to JIRA who want to learn how to survive (and thrive!) using JIRA every day. We'll be walking through a variety of real projects in JIRA and you'll come away with a better basic understanding of the tool.