A common impediment I hear when introducing Agile ways of working into an organization is "I don't have time for …<fill in the blank with any Agile related practice>." It's a universal refrain from Agile neophyte managers and team members alike.

As Agile practitioners, one of our biggest challenges is getting people new to Agile to invest time in learning, practicing and supporting the new ways of working. Time that they don’t have because it’s all used up doing things the old way. The problem is especially wicked when it comes to managers. Are managers in your emerging Agile organization taking time with the Agile Teams? The role of managers in an Agile environment is still very much a work in progress. At the same time, management support is key to any major change initiative. How often have we heard “I’d like to visit the teams but I don’t have time”, “Sorry, my calendar is triple-booked” or something similar?

What if time wasn't a non-renewable resource and zero-sum game? What if we could grow time?

This talk will share some simple tools that you can introduce to your stakeholders so that they can build their own time machines to support and accelerate change.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

This talk will explore:

  1. Why does time get scarcer when introducing change? (5 mins)

  2. Why is the scarcity especially wicked for management when moving to Agile ways? (5 mins)

  3. How might we look at time differently? (5 mins)
  4. Some simple tools that can help your management and other stakeholders grow the time needed to support change. (20 mins)

Learning Outcome

The attendees will learn and experience ways to use the tools to mine for time. The takeaways will include:

  1. An appreciation of how the lack of time can thwart your change initiatives.

  2. Experience using a couple of simple tools that you can introduce to your Agile stakeholders to create their own time machines.

Target Audience

Change agents, leaders, agile practitioners

schedule Submitted 4 months ago

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  • Paul J. Heidema
    By Paul J. Heidema  ~  3 months ago

    Great topic, Frank -- time is a critical element to make an agile team successful. And this is doubly critical for direct managers. Would love to attend your session.

    • Frank Leong
      By Frank Leong  ~  3 months ago

      Thanks for your thoughts and support Paul!


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