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Jesse Fewell: Developing Agile Leadership - Daily Practices for Becoming a More Effective Agile Champion

  1. 1. Agile Leadership Practices Daily personal habits for key influencers
  2. 2. YOU are the Leadership Role-Model for everyone around you
  3. 3. Leaders live at all levels Org Level: Influential Contributor Direct Reports & Budget Leader of Leaders Sample Titles: Scrum Master, Tech lead PMO Director, Program Manager Deputy CIO, Head of Risk Ted Team Lead Maria Manager Emmit Executive
  4. 4. A New Horizon After significant industry changes, we have new roles, new team structures, new relationships… • Why are these changes happening in the first place? • What is agile leadership supposed to look like? • How do I go about growing into those expectations?
  5. 5. Agenda Daily Agile Leadership Thinking Daily Agile Leadership Habits Daily Agile Leadership Talking Points
  6. 6. Daily Agile Leadership Thinking
  7. 7. We value working product over comprehensive documentation We value customer collaboration over contract negotiation We value responding to change over following a plan We value individuals & interactions over processes & tools AgileManifesto.org → Empowering → Delivering → Adapting → Partnering “Better ways of developing products”
  8. 8. Stereotype Agile Thinking “Pfft. They don’t get agile.”
  9. 9. Stereotype Agile Thinking “Pfft. They don’t get agile.” “That’s not empowering. That’s command and control.”
  10. 10. Stereotype Agile Thinking “Pfft. They don’t get agile.” “Their desire for full details is obviously an intellectual shortcoming. We need new people.” “That’s not empowering. That’s command and control.”
  11. 11. Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity Stability Certainty Simplicity Clarity Complexity of OUR context A Better Thought Model
  12. 12. Leader’s Development gap Visionary Tactical Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity Stability Certainty Simplicity Clarity Complexity of OUR context Complexity of MY heart & mind A Better Thought Model
  13. 13. Agile Leaders are NOT the Norm High Reactive Mid Reactive Mid Creative High Creative 72% Imperfect 28% Just Right
  14. 14. Agile Leaders are NOT the Norm High Reactive Mid Reactive Mid Creative High Creative Pre-Heroic Expert Achiever Catalyst 72% Imperfect 28% Just Right 90% Imperfect 10% Just Right
  15. 15. Agile Leaders are NOT the Norm High Reactive Mid Reactive Mid Creative High Creative Pre-Heroic Expert Achiever Catalyst 72% Imperfect 28% Just Right 90% Imperfect 10% Just Right …because of the very problem we are trying to solve “The Institutional Ceiling” Self- determination Performance Goals Hierarchy Inertia Deep equality
  16. 16. Daily Thoughts for the TRUE BELIEVERS “It’s easy to forget how stressful it is when even GOOD things are forced up them” Empathy
  17. 17. Daily Thoughts for the TRUE BELIEVERS “It’s easy to forget how stressful it is when even GOOD things are forced up them” “Remember, he’s not a bad person; he’s simply at the beginning of an agile skillset.” Empathy The Journey
  18. 18. Daily Thoughts for the TRUE BELIEVERS “It’s easy to forget how stressful it is when even GOOD things are forced up them” “Hmm. She’s not all wrong. We do need some process controls. It might even help with empowerment. “Remember, he’s not a bad person; he’s simply at the beginning of an agile skillset.” Empathy The Journey Balance
  19. 19. Effective Leadership is Balanced Task Competencies Relationship Competencies • Caring Connection • Fosters Team Play • Collaborator • Mentoring • EQ • Selfless Leader • Balance • Composure • Personal Learner • Integrity • Decisiveness • Achieves Results • Purposeful & Visionary • Strategic Focus • Systems Thinker • Sustainable Productivity • Community Concern • Courageous Authenticity
  20. 20. Compromise Step Back Support Patient Ask Questions Flexible Stay quiet Show Empathy Firm Drive Bold Act Quickly Jump In Focused Be Vocal Share your view Assertive Power Style Accommodative Power Style Effective Leadership Requires Both
  21. 21. Compromise Step Back Support Patient Ask Questions Flexible Stay quiet Show Empathy Firm Drive Bold Act Quickly Jump In Focused Be Vocal Share your view Assertive Power Style Accommodative Power Style SHOUT POLL: WHAT IS YOUR DEFAULT ?
  22. 22. Daily Thoughts for the ACCOMODATIVE “What hasn’t been said yet, that could bear mentioning or repeating?” Usually Quiet?
  23. 23. Daily Thoughts for the ACCOMODATIVE “Is it really that dangerous if I take initiative first?” “What hasn’t been said yet, that could bear mentioning or repeating?” Holding Back? Usually Quiet?
  24. 24. Daily Thoughts for the ACCOMODATIVE “Is it really that dangerous if I take initiative first?” “What do I need to stand up for? What’s holding me back? “What hasn’t been said yet, that could bear mentioning or repeating?” Holding Back? Usually Quiet? Compromise Often?
  25. 25. Daily Thoughts for the ASSERTIVE “If I compromise now, what relational capital can I gain for a bigger issue later?” Firm
  26. 26. Daily Thoughts for the ASSERTIVE “I’ll wait to see if someone else brings this up” “If I compromise now, what relational capital can I gain for a bigger issue later?” Talk Too Much? Firm
  27. 27. Daily Thoughts for the ASSERTIVE “I’ll wait to see if someone else brings this up” “If I compromise now, what relational capital can I gain for a bigger issue later?” “If I send someone else to the meeting, what can I do with that time?” Talk Too Much? Overly visible? Firm
  28. 28. Daily Agile Leadership Habits
  29. 29. Time The Journey Has Stages for Everyone • “My value is in my work” • Tactical Outputs • Immediate deadlines • “My value is in my results” • Strategic Outcomes • Project Milestones Expert • “My value is in my legacy” • Visionary Impact • Stand the test of time • More Integrated Achiever Catalyst More Agility
  30. 30. The Journey In Small Increments Do For the work I own… Reports Newsletters Metrics Meetings Minutes Problem Solving …I have a choice in how to get it done Drive Develop Expert Achiever Catalyst
  31. 31. Leadership Habits Assessment 1. List 2-4 regular tasks / responsibilities 2. Write the Default approach you take: Do/Drive/Develop 3. Write the Desired approach you’d prefer (e.g. Do => Drive or Drive => Develop) 4. Brainstorm 1-3 prompts to remind you (e.g. calendar)
  32. 32. Leadership Habits Assessment Jesse’s Self-assessment 1. List: PowerPoint prep 2. Write the Default: I always do all the PowerPoint 3. Write the Desired: (Do => Drive) If I delegate the different parts & integration, I have more time to do other things 4. Brainstorm: Move all files from my laptop to share drive, so it’s harder for me to start it. Schedule a pre-review of their work, before submission
  33. 33. YOUR TURN 1. List 2-4 regular tasks / responsibilities. Type 1 in the chat window
  34. 34. YOUR TURN 1. 2. Write the Default approach you take. For that item, type : Do, Drive, or Develop
  35. 35. YOUR TURN 1. 2. 3. Write the Desired approach you’d prefer for that item (Type Do => Drive or Drive => Develop)
  36. 36. YOUR TURN 1. 2. 3. 4. Brainstorm 1-3 prompts to remind you (Type 1-2 into the chat window)
  37. 37. Daily Agile Leadership Talking Points
  38. 38. “I’m working on my Leadership skills. You may notice me trying to be a bit more assertive/accommodative. It may be clumsy, but know that it’s intentional.” Give them a heads up
  39. 39. “I know how I would do it, but I’m more interested to see how you would do it.” Delegate with sincerity
  40. 40. “I know we have immediate goals, but how can we ensure our results will be sustained over the long term?” Remind them of the bigger picture
  41. 41. “I was really impressed how you closed that meeting. You repeated others’ ideas and invited volunteers. That is the culture I am excited to see happening.” Catch them doing it right
  42. 42. Summary Daily Agile Leadership Thinking Daily Agile Leadership Habits Daily Agile Leadership Talking Points
  43. 43. Get Knowledge JesseFewell.com/AgileLeadership Get Results JesseFewell.com/mentoring
  44. 44. Q&A @jessefewell JesseFewell.com LinkedIn.com/in/JesseFewell YouTube.com/JesseFewell UntappedAgility.com

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