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Boosting the skills of your 
agile managers 
www.cornel.fatulescu.ro 
tips and tricks 
from real life 
examples
Once upon a time…
A new challenge
I wanted to be a different parent
One day… 
Why? You know 
that is not good. 
Tomorrow we are 
not going to the 
park any more 
Today I 
didn’t sleep 
at no...
It was all about me 
I’m never 
going to tell 
you again!
I always knew 
• Whatever I’m doing good at work is 
also good at home 
• Whatever I’m doing good at home is 
also good at...
Mediocrity 
You have 
almost failed the 
But I’ve done biology test! 
great to 
Mathematics! 
You should 
do the same 
for...
Mediocrity 
You are the best 
programmer we 
have. 
Yes, I love what 
I do. 
Now you will 
become the team 
manager. It co...
Theory X VS Theory Y 
My team members 
are ambitious, self-motivated 
and 
exercise self-control 
My team 
members are 
in...
Theory X VS Theory Y 
Punishment Threat 
Mistrust 
Punitive 
atmosphere 
Highly 
restrictive 
supervision 
Try & 
Work is ...
How does an efficient modern manager acts like? 
• Near the team 
• Has a vision and goals 
• Helps the team getting thing...
The battle for control 
Extensive control Balanced control No control
Empowerment 
We work 
agile now. 
That is so 
cool! 
You must 
have iterations 
and all that… 
If we could only 
make our ...
Responsibility 
I trust you for 
building the best 
quality product! 
We need time to 
learn the new 
API 
No!
The game
Nash equilibria 
So that you 
can fire me? 
For 2 months 
I’m asking you 
to improve your 
performance!
Visibility
I want to 
play with 
Lego! 
Explicit rules 
Ok. which one is getting 
back to TODO? Chemistry 
or Animals?
1
S1 S2 
S.2.1 S.2.2 S.2.3 S.2.4 
S3 
S4 More... 
S.4.1 S.4.2 …
The mirror
Experience 
It is the next 
street on the 
right 
I’m doing this 
for 20 years. 
Relax!
Experience 
Just missed it! 
I didn’t know 
this street.
Approximation
Conflicts 
Darius doesn’t 
allow me to 
play with my 
car! 
: ( ( ( ( ( (
No man is a prophet in his own land
Madness 
STOP!
The gab 
What is 
your name? 
Olga 
Morgan?
What does an efficient modern manager look like? 
• Happy 
• A better person every day(parent, life 
partner, manager, etc...
Questions?
Shu-Ha-Ri
Shu-Ha-Ri
Shu-Ha-Ri
www.cornel.fatulescu.ro 
Thank you! 
The end
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During this session I’ll speak about things that I’ve learned being a father, a manager, a coach and a trainer, things that every leader needs to know.

- What is this? Asked the CEO.
- The audit report you requested, said John, the IT manager.
- Are you joking? Have you ever seen an audit report like this before?
- I’ll change it immediately.
- A complete waste of time and money. This shall never happen again! And then he left. John was shocked. This was the first time he had something meaningful to do in his new job. During the lunch break, he said to his good old friend, an experienced consultant in IT management:
- My first two weeks as an IT Manager … And my boss has already yelled at me. There was something wrong with the audit report and I don’t even know what … Can you review my report before I send it back to my CEO?
- Sure. I can also help you build one from scratch if you want. I’ve done many audits.
In the situation above there are at least two processes:
- How can John make the best audit report? (Hard skills)
- How can John manage this kind of conflictual situations? (Soft skills).

The second question will trigger the most important process. Is his boss going to yell again? How should John react? What can John do so that the entire organization can benefit from less violent communication? However, it is also the less obvious one to address.

This is just one typical issue I’m going to talk about.

CTO of Pentalog Group, co-founder of AgileHub and manager at Pentalog Institute, Cornel FĂTULESCU is a passionate agile coach & trainer. With an incredible portfolio in IT Services and 15 years of experience, Cornel ventures Pentalog Institute in the challenging world of IT consultancy. As an agile advocate, he optimized business value delivered within various large scale organizations by implementing XP, Scrum and Kanban. “In my opinion, involvement in agile communities is like witnessing the inevitable metamorphosis of companies continuously progressing until the educational big bang occurs”. This is mainly the reason why Cornel co-created AgileHub in Brașov, probably the most dynamic Agile IT community in Romania, where he is a very important knowledge contributor.

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Boosting the skills of your managers - tips and tricks from real life examples - Pm days sofia 14 november 2014

  1. 1. Boosting the skills of your agile managers www.cornel.fatulescu.ro tips and tricks from real life examples
  2. 2. Once upon a time…
  3. 3. A new challenge
  4. 4. I wanted to be a different parent
  5. 5. One day… Why? You know that is not good. Tomorrow we are not going to the park any more Today I didn’t sleep at noon
  6. 6. It was all about me I’m never going to tell you again!
  7. 7. I always knew • Whatever I’m doing good at work is also good at home • Whatever I’m doing good at home is also good at work • Whatever doesn’t work at my job will not be better at home • Whatever doesn’t work at home will not be better at my job
  8. 8. Mediocrity You have almost failed the But I’ve done biology test! great to Mathematics! You should do the same for biology
  9. 9. Mediocrity You are the best programmer we have. Yes, I love what I do. Now you will become the team manager. It comes with a raise.
  10. 10. Theory X VS Theory Y My team members are ambitious, self-motivated and exercise self-control My team members are inherently lazy and dislike work
  11. 11. Theory X VS Theory Y Punishment Threat Mistrust Punitive atmosphere Highly restrictive supervision Try & Work is as learn natural as play Trust Intrinsic motivation Collaboration
  12. 12. How does an efficient modern manager acts like? • Near the team • Has a vision and goals • Helps the team getting things done • Communicates • Always learning • Mirror and a coach • Non-violent communication • Is helping other people to discover themselves
  13. 13. The battle for control Extensive control Balanced control No control
  14. 14. Empowerment We work agile now. That is so cool! You must have iterations and all that… If we could only make our manager understand we need to use TDD.
  15. 15. Responsibility I trust you for building the best quality product! We need time to learn the new API No!
  16. 16. The game
  17. 17. Nash equilibria So that you can fire me? For 2 months I’m asking you to improve your performance!
  18. 18. Visibility
  19. 19. I want to play with Lego! Explicit rules Ok. which one is getting back to TODO? Chemistry or Animals?
  20. 20. 1
  21. 21. S1 S2 S.2.1 S.2.2 S.2.3 S.2.4 S3 S4 More... S.4.1 S.4.2 …
  22. 22. The mirror
  23. 23. Experience It is the next street on the right I’m doing this for 20 years. Relax!
  24. 24. Experience Just missed it! I didn’t know this street.
  25. 25. Approximation
  26. 26. Conflicts Darius doesn’t allow me to play with my car! : ( ( ( ( ( (
  27. 27. No man is a prophet in his own land
  28. 28. Madness STOP!
  29. 29. The gab What is your name? Olga Morgan?
  30. 30. What does an efficient modern manager look like? • Happy • A better person every day(parent, life partner, manager, etc.) • Always learning • Self-awareness • Goes in holidays (also the team) • Doesn’t leave the office late • Positive thinking • System thinking
  31. 31. Questions?
  32. 32. Shu-Ha-Ri
  33. 33. Shu-Ha-Ri
  34. 34. Shu-Ha-Ri
  35. 35. www.cornel.fatulescu.ro Thank you! The end

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