Pia-Maria will be presenting the following session
  • Pia-Maria Thoren

    Pia-Maria Thoren - The Agile People Coach - an Alternative Career Path for Leaders and HR in the future of work

    45 Mins

    The world is getting more complex, and few competitive advantages remain for companies who want to survive and flourish. One such competitive advantage is to learn faster than the competition to be innovative and creative and invent and produce products and services that customers want and need. But it requires a totally different leadership mindset that lets people make mistakes and learn from them. Agile People Coaches see organizations as social systems, not machines. They recognize that people and relationships build organizations, and if their motivation is high enough, they will find ways to innovate and provide value together. Of course, we still need structures, but just enough to provide cohesion instead of restriction. We need to foster great business cultures to guide behaviors and incentivize people to do things that will help them perform in a common direction. In this scenario, the future career path for leaders and HR professionals is to adopt an Agile People Coach’s competencies, which aims to create the right conditions for individuals, teams, and the whole organization to grow and develop and change as needed to survive.

1. What got you started/interested in modern software development methods?

Sorry, I am not interested in Software Development methods ;) But I do take an interest in how people treat each other and how work is accomplished in teams and the environment that teams have to relate to.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the software product engineering community today?

To use agile ways of working in a non-agile and traditional environment. There is a need for the whole organization to embrace people and business agility.

3. What do you think are the most exciting developments in software product engineering today?

Artificial Intelligence and the possibilities that it brings 

4. Why did you choose the topic(s) you will be speaking about at the conference?

Because I am passionate about combining people and agile to create engagement. 

5. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

Care for the people but manage the system

All people are X and Y - depending on the environment

How leaders can embrace the gardener metaphor for agile leadership

How HR needs to change their focus for the future of work 

How knowing people deeply can increase ROI when investing in your people


6. Which sessions are you particularly looking forward to attending at Agile India this year?


7. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the software community?

Communicate with and involve your leaders and HR professionals and make them feel welcome to learn from you and the way you work and think - boundary spanning is necessary to increase people and business agility