The Role of a Leader in an Agile Organization

We hear a lot about leaders who don't "get" Agile and the impact they have on Agile adoption but, what is the role of a leader in an Agile Organization? Agile requires a great deal of change in the way we approach, manage and execute delivery. And, while a great deal has been put in place to educate and support team members, Scrum Masters and Product Owners, there isn’t a great deal available to those outside of teams – especially leaders.  This discussion will present a description of an Agile leader for consideration and the results from two organizations:  One who applied the learning, and one who did not.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

1.  Agile Values and the behaviors that do & don't emobody them from a Leader point of view

2.  Characteristics Leaders need when shifting to Agile

3.  The three ares of focus for Leaders and what each means

  • A Leader of people
  • A system owner
  • An Environmentalist

4.  Group Discussion on how to apply the values and principles of Agile to the Leader role

5.  Retro

Learning Outcome

Attendees of this session learn the following:

  • Leader behaviors which contradict and embody Agile Values and Principles
  • The three focus areas of a leader in an Agile Organization and what each means in practice

Target Audience

People Managers, Executives and Anyone else who is interested

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Valerie,

     
    As AgileDC has grown in popularity, so have the number of submissions we received from the Call for Proposals (CFP).  In this, our fifth year, we received 158 submissions for only 45 time slots. That means that there were many more compelling sessions proposed than we could possibly fit into a one day event.

     

    The Organizing Members completed their review of the sessions late last week following which the first round of acceptance notifications were communicated. As you surmised, while the organizing members liked your abstract at a high level, there was not enough detail within the abstract to drive sufficient consensus to get your proposal above the line with respect to the first cut.  That being said, your proposal has not yet been eliminated from consideration... a second cut is planned within the next couple of days based on responses to the first set of notifications.

     

    In terms of strengthening your candidacy, I would suggest providing a deck specific to the proposed topic... doesn't have to be 100% with all of the bell and whistles... a solid working draft would likely be sufficient to warrant reconsideration. 

     

    Thank you for your on-going interest in participating in the AgileDC Conference.

     

    Best,

     

     

    Phillip Manketo

     

    for the AgileDC organizing committee

  • Dan LeFebvre
    By Dan LeFebvre  ~  3 years ago
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    I saw Valerie do a version of this presentation at Agile Boston. She was inspiring and made a lot of people think about their role as a leader. Valerie is very focused on creating great teams and coaches leaders to nurture teamwork and very effectively, too.


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