Role of Leaders in developing technical agility - Myths and Enablers

Many of us including leaders get confused when it comes to "role of leaders" in developing technical agility across the teams of an organization. When we delve deeper, we often find that leaders do not think they have a role in it and consequently they even don't develop technological savvy which is a critical leadership competency that has emerged globally. It has a deep connection with enabling technical agility in the teams.

In this 45 mins talk, I'll define a leadership competency called "Developing technological savvy" and explain its deep relationship with developing technical agility at team and organizational level.

I'd then be sharing my experience as a Leader as well as a Coach, how I develop my own technological savvy regularly and how I help leaders develop theirs.

Finally, I would share a few myths and enablers to increase awareness in leaders on how & why they should develop technical agility of their teams across the organization to get real benefits of "agile ways of working".


Outline/Structure of the Talk

The talk would be structured into 3 sections of 10 mins each:

1. Defining what "Developing technological savvy" means and uncovering its relationship with technical agility

2. How to develop our own technological savvy and how to help others to develop theirs

3. Myths and Enablers to increase awareness on how and why a leader should play a crucial role in developing technical agility at team and organizational level

Context setting would take 5 mins and will have a Q&A slot of 10 mins to answer any queries participants may have.

Learning Outcome

1. A deeper understanding of an emerging leadership competency called "Developing technological savvy"

2. An insight about relationship between technological savvy and technical agility

3. Practical tips for leaders to enable technical agility of their teams and of their organization

Target Audience

Leaders, Engineers, Managers, Coaches, Executives

Prerequisites for Attendees

A basic understanding about "agility" and an awareness about modern challenges of today's organization and leaders in technology space.

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  • Siddharth Shukla
    By Siddharth Shukla  ~  16 hours ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Topic is relevant to Technical-Agility Theme.
    • would love to see how graphical facilitation technique is used.

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • It would be great if you can explain more on learning outcome that how Developing Technical Savvy will help.
  • Sanchita Mukhopadhyay
    By Sanchita Mukhopadhyay  ~  2 days ago
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    Hi Jayaprakash,

    Could you please explain in more detail about the 3 sections you are going to talk about?

    Under slides section I see pictures of few flip charts from LinkedIn page. Are you going to use any proper slides or just use the flip charts during the session?


    • Jayaprakash Puttaswamy
      By Jayaprakash Puttaswamy  ~  2 days ago
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      Hi Sanchita,

      LinkedIn reference is only a sample that partially maps to 3rd section of my talk - Technical Agility.

      Usually, in all my talks, I create original content for the first time, hence I don't have anything that exactly depicts my content as of now.

      I don't intend to use any slides at all. I use a live graphical facilitation technique based on Bikablo drawings. Hence, I'll write everything dynamically on flip charts.

      About 3 sections, since I'm not sure what specifically you want an explanation for, I'll extend what would be covered in each section briefly:

      Section 1:

      "Developing Technological Savvy" is a leadership competency needed for today's and future leaders. I would be defining this using Top 15 Leadership competencies model developed by Marshall Goldsmith and demonstrate how it is related to "Technical Agility" based on my own technical coaching experience of 10+ years.

      Section 2:

      Here, I'll cover how to develop our own Technological savvy incrementally amid our work pressure. I would also talk about how as leaders, we could help others develop by creating a space and culture which fosters technical agility. Again, I'll use my technical coaching experience in large-scale transformation engagements.

      Section 3:

      Finally, I would be busting some myths around "technical agility" as it relates to "leaders" and share a few enabling tips that could help leaders understand and convey the importance of developing "Technological savvy" for themselves as well for their teams.

      I hope this explanation gives some more pointes of my talk.



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