Once upon a time, before Agile, there was a Manager

Once upon a time, when Agile was still finding it’s feet and Traditional Management with waterfall was norm, there was a Manager for every team. Everybody wanted to be managers because they had power and were paid better. There were two ways to this role – 1) Be really good with your work -which means you be the best engineer, or 2) Be really a smart executor and get things done. Either case wasn’t a fair scenario. If a good engineer became manager, he hated his new job because he really wanted to be an engineer and didn’t like dealing with people. And if a smart executor got to be Manager, he struggled to command respect of his team as he struggled with technical knowledge and team’s questions. Corporate politics, Bell Curve and evil competition become part of DNA and hence with ask of performance, the designed path was set to create failures, frustrations and politics.

As a response to this and much more, Agile Revolution happened and and POOF! The managers were gone!

  • So what happened to Managers?
  • Will there be no such role in future?
  • Can Organisations really be functional, be on track without Managers?
  • Is industry ready to let go of all the knowledge that Managers have gathered generations of people management and corporate dynamics?

This workshop intends to explore the same. During this hands-on workshop, we will understand the role that’s needed for Agile Organisations and how Agile Managers, or whatever name we want to give to this new needed role, will offer to our previous role- Manager. In this workshop we will explore the characteristics of traditional Managers, and design a new role based on the need of an Agile Organisation. And for doing that we will first discover the need of an Agile Organisation. So in this 1 hour action pack workshop, we will be able to create a case for existing role of Manager and how it can be best utilised for an Agile Organisation.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Hands on Session

The workshop will be divided in following 6 parts:

  1. 20 Min: Context setting and team formation: Deepti will set Context for the workshop, and guide each table to become a research team.
  2. 15 Min: Part-1: Genesis of Manager: R&R, need and values derived
  3. 15 Min: Part-2: Need of Agile Org: What roles and responsibilities are needed by an Agile Org, in addition to SM and PO, who are key roles for an Agile Team, and team-of-teams
  4. 15 Min: Part-3: Defining the new role: Finally, the new list of tasks for Manager and/or new role that's missing when Agile is destination for Org and not just for team.
  5. 15 Min: Conclusion on each team: Each team/table will share their research work.
  6. 15 Min: Conclusion for the Workshop: Together, with our work that we did in 3 parts, we will define the new generation Manager or the role that is needed for an Agile Organisation.

Learning Outcome

  • With this mini-workshop you will be able to take away following-
  • 1. Value that our tradition system derived from Managers, and how that need changed as Agile changed the way we work and look at things now.
  • 2. How this value that has been learnt and earned over decades of traditional Management, can utilised by Agile organisations, without killing the Agile Spirit of self-Management and cross-fictional teams.
  • 3. What are the missing roles and responsibilities, which are still not defined for an Organisations that's moving from traditional to Agile ways of working, and how they can be defined and fulfilled.

Target Audience

Leaders of organisations who want to start Agile Journey or are already on that path, SMs, PO, PM, Managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Desire to know following:
1. How things can be realistically managed in an Agile Organisation
2. What Managers can look forward to in an Agile Organisation, as their roles and responsibilities change
3. Agile Leadership

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