As agile practitioners, we are well aware that we need to delegate decision-making and responsibility to members of the team, but it's often easier in principle than it is in practice. Frequently, delegating triggers some angst in most of us, usually revolving around our biggest fear: "What if they fail miserably?"

Fortunately, there are better questions to ask before we delegate, including:

  • How can I determine whether the person is capable of handling the responsibility delegated?
  • If they're not ready, how do I help them to acquire that ability?

In this combination tutorial and workshop, we'll answer both these questions so you can be more successful when you delegate. We'll also give you an opportunity to apply your newly acquired knowledge via in-class simulation and provide information to help you coach others in effective delegation.

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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  1. Why Delegation is so Difficult - and Why it's Important (5 minutes)
  2. Gauging Ability - A Simple Guide (5 minutes)
  3. Practical Delegation Described (8 minutes)
  4. Let's do it! A Delegation Exercise (20 minutes)
  5. Sharing & Recap (7 minutes)

Learning Outcome

When the finished, the attendee will...

  1. Be able to gauge a person's level of ability to complete delegated work
  2. Apply a simple, effective strategy for successful knowledge transfer and delegation.

Target Audience

Anyone working in an agile environment (all roles)

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants do not need to have any agile experience.

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  10 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Helping managers delegate to teams

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • being clearer on who it's for
      • If it's about delegating to the teams, it's presumably someone higher ranking, though the submission says it's for "all roles." The abstract is vague about the target audience, and therefore might not attract the right people.
    • accommodating delegating to the team as a whole. This seems to be only about delegating to individuals, which can break the teamwork.
    • being clearer about the content
      • The content is represented by 5 bullets which say more about how you'll present than what you'll present. What is the guide? What is the description? What is the exercise?

    The abstract is the place where you sell your session to the right prospective attendees. Help them recognize themselves and their situation, and tell them what benefits they'll get by attending. Give them enough information about the content to convince them that they'll get that benefit.

    The outline/structure is the place where you sell your session to the reviewers. Help them recognize that you'll deliver on your abstract. Give them details about the content and the way that you'll present it to convince them that you'll do a good job.

    See also for an independent description of submitting a successful proposal.

    - George, AgileDC Program Chair

    • Donald Patti
      By Donald Patti  ~  10 months ago
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      Thank you, this is good feedback. I am working on revisions and will post another comment once I have updated.

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