Working over a decade in highly structured and process driven large organizations, all of sudden I made the move, to work in a completely agile organization. I knew that I am going to face set of completely new challenges after years of structured management experience, I could fail!!! Still I wanted to test myself in an extremely agile context and understand how I could change my management style and thinking patterns.

As soon as I started working in the new agile setup, everything looked a chaos, no defined process manuals, no one to tell me what to do, referential power had 0 value in management, self-learning and mastery was highly expected, basically I had to change my mental model and adjust to a way that I need to learn, think and act with best of my abilities, in order to be successful in the new company.

This talk will explain the methods I used to do the self-transformation, reevaluate my thinking, change and adopt to agile thinking patterns to take over a management position in an agile company successfully.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

1. Introduction

2. Challenges faced

3. Methods used for self-transformation

4. Reevaluating thinking patterns

5. Changing and adopting to agile thinking patterns

6. Q & A

Learning Outcome

 How to change and adopt to agile thinking patterns to take over a management position in an agile company?

Target Audience

Everyone in general - with interests in agile in service organisations

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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