Agile and Management - a conversation

schedule Jul 30th 04:45 - 05:30 PM place EN101 L100 people 49 Interested

Agile was coined in 2001, building on techniques and methods from the prior 10 or more years. We know that (smaller) software projects are more successful with agile delivery methods than with staged approaches like the SDLC. So why is it that 18 years after a better was was identified that managers struggle to adopt agile in a meaningful way.

This is a facilitated discussion - there are as many answers as there are people! So with the late afternoon timeslot - let's get together and have an interactive chat - with the intent that we all leave with some useful ideas, tools and techniques that we can apply when we get back to the office ...

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Background and Introduction 5 m
  • Typical challenges met and overcome (stories) 5 m
  • Group discussion on key typical challenges 10 m
  • Framing the problem 5 minutes
  • Refocusing the group discussion on techniques and tools 10m
  • Questions 5m

Learning Outcome

Attendees will leave the session with ideas, stories and practical tools they can apply to build empathy for management as well as ways to work to bring managers on the agile journey.

Target Audience

Leaders, Program Managers and Project managers, Coaches

Prerequisites for Attendees

Experience in working with management teams

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