Early in the agile movement, we rebelled a bit against the hierarchy… managers were chickens and we the team were pigs. Managers were often depicted as part of the problem – though anyone with a good manager knows this as incorrect. So what is the reality?
Why do managers do what they do?
Do they need to change?
Can we make the case for change?
We have worked out much of the technical and team practices for those on the ground. But I believe we have done a mediocre job identifying how management roles should evolve. Embarking on the agile quest, we ask leadership for structural and planning changes, freedom to try new practices and reporting standards, the latitude to take risks and stabilize new mechanisms, role and cultural changes, … what else? So – How should a manager or executives job change to best support the teams and organizational transitions? As in the retrospective, what are the things managers could do more of – less of? Are there experiments to try?
We cannot really complain about management behavior without offering how they might change and why. We cannot really ask them to change until we see their perspective and needs. This session explores how we might address the gaps in current management behaviors, and how we justify the new behaviors. Maybe leadership just needs a better story from us.
Speaker: Jeff Smith
Date/Time: 6/5/15 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Venue: Agile Velocity, 8140 N. Mopac Expressway, Building IV, Suite 140, Austin, TX 78759
To Register and for more info: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/17164535588.