Most companies still believe that the best way to create managers of Agile teams is to promote the most productive members of their technical staff to management roles. Why we still do this, in spite of overwhelming evidence that ineffective managers are the leading cause of employee disengagement and attrition, is baffling. Gallup tells us that only one in 10 managers currently have the skills and talents of "effective managers".

With less than one-third of the workplace describing themselves as "engaged in their work", the importance of the role of the manager for engaged, effective teams is critically important. But, if we're building self-organizing Agile teams, what's a manager even DO in an Agile organization?

In this workshop, participants will learn about the evolving role of the Agile managers and leaders, a development path to evaluate and design their personal growth, and "do it now!" practices any manager or leader can do tomorrow, that help you jumpstart your alignment with Agile principles to support cross-functional, self-directed Agile Teams.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

This is a workshop, where participants will work to understand the topics presented and discussed together.

  • [2 min] Introduction & Problem Statement – ”We Suck at Finding Managers”
  • [2 min slides, 3 min table card sort, 5 min discussion] Responsibilities of Managers in an Agile Organization
  • [2 min] Managing Yourself and Leadership Agility
  • [2 min intro, 3 min activity, 3 min discussion] The Attributes of Different Leaders
  • [3 min] Managing Others and Management 3.0
  • [2 min intro, 3 min activity, 3 min discussion] Moving Motivators
  • [2 min intro, 5 min activity, 3 min discussion] Delegation Boards
  • [2 min] Closing

If activities and discussions run short, any remaining time will be used for Q&A.

Learning Outcome

  • Learn about the role of managers and management when our organizations create self-managing teams, and the shifting responsibilities managers have while working with self-managing teams
  • Identify the different types of leadership, and the attributes leaders exhibit when working from each of those types
  • Use Moving Motivators as a tool to help uncover the intrinsic motivations of team members and others within our organization, and help better support their growth
  • Create a Delegation Board to help highlight places where traditional management structures and beliefs may conflict with high-performing teams, and as a tool to have those pointed conversations

Target Audience

Managers and Leaders struggling with their changing responsibilities in an Agile organization, and the ScrumMasters and Coaches who support them

Prerequisites for Attendees

Experience as a Manager, or experience working with managers as a ScrumMaster or Coach

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