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

schedule Oct 16th 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM place Room 6 people 33 Interested

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 roadblock or burden to a highly functional agile team. I'll discuss the importance of switching focus from projects to people, and on developing- their people and modeling Lean culture while still performing important and necessary corporate or compliance functions.

This talk will explore the myths surrounding managers for agile teams and team members, show why we still need them and highlight what I have called the "4G's of being a great manager" supporting agile teams.

If you are a leader or manager and are working with agile teams, or a scrum master trying to support the team interactions with their larger organization, or anyone interested in the role of managers and how it changes in an agile enterprise then this talk will provide guidance and tips for what a manager should (and shouldn't!) do.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Intro - describe challenges of fitting managers into an agile world and risks of leaving them out - 10 minutes
  • Agile manager role highlights - 10 minutes
    • Culture steward
    • Enterprise translator
    • HR supporter
    • People champion
  • 4G's of being a Great Agile Manager - 15 minutes
  • 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



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  • Patricia Hewatt
    By Patricia Hewatt  ~  1 year ago
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    I tried to review your slides but the link is marked private.  Can you please share your slides?  Thanks.

  • Manoj Vadakkan
    By Manoj Vadakkan  ~  1 year ago
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    Can you share the blog posts mentioned here or give us a little more information on the content, please? 


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