The Agile Manifesto doesn't explicitly talk about what changes in management should happen and neither do the approaches. In fact, sometimes we hear the exact opposite from teams - "What do we need managers for..?" or perhaps "Can't they just get rid of all the impediments we have?"

As a former manager and now as a coach, I find the words Servant Leadership sometimes doesn't resonate. It actually only paints part of the picture anyway. What we want are ways to enrich management so that they can do more for the organization and its teams. Let's discover what some of this enrichment might be.

 
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3-5 min Set Context of managers often not being onboard with servant leadership and that the concept is not well 'taught'.

4-5 min Exercise: Identify Areas of Frustration with Being a Servant Leader; What of management's identity is being lost? (Individual Exercise)

2 min Highlight a few of what people came up with...

8-10 min Servant Leadership to Facilitative Leadership; Enriching the work. Each of the below topic areas will have a description of what it is and some tools/techniques to use. These will be emphasized that they are still in service to others (teams).

  • Proactive
  • Observation of the system
  • Provider of Information and Vision
  • Helpful questioning
  • Reducing demotivators

5-6 min Exercise: Identify Ways to Move the Frustrations you Identified; what shifts in behavior can be made to more align with the Agile principle to support the team? What tools/techniques from above can help? (Pair Exercise)

2-3 min Highlight some of the changes that people could make

4-5 min Appropriately Letting Go; Delegation doesn't mean giving up everything.

  • Discuss the 7 levels of delegation poker and how they may play out.
  • Tie delegation to the part of the principle for trusting the team

7-8 min Exercise: Delegation Poker on a 2-3 scenarios (Individual Exercise)

2-3 min Debrief

1-2 min Point out how a Delegation Board could help as an information radiator

1 min Closeout Exercise: Identify the skills you need to add or improve to shift your behaviors or get better at delegation. (Individual Exercise)

Remaining time for Q&A

Learning Outcome

  • Improving how you proactively can help teams be successful
  • Reduce 'meddling' and become more helpful
  • Understand how delegation isn't a binary switch

Target Audience

Executives and Managers that want to find ways to help themselves or other managers be more effective.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic understanding of Agile approaches. A desire of managers to help others in enriching their management role, or perhaps their own.

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