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Agile
Leadership
Tathagat Varma
Knowledgepreneur
http://thoughtleadership.in
Old World
Big changes every few decades
or multiple years
New World
small(er) changes every few quarters
months weeks days daily hour…
So, what’s changed?
Things change all the time!
Markets, Customers, Products, Tech, People…
Pace of change has changed!
Ep...
Are old models effective?
Standish Group
Chaos Report 2015
Successful: 29%
Challenged: 52%
Failed: 19%
Standish Group
Chao...
Agile Manifesto, 2001
http://agilemanifesto.org
What all changes with agile?
Individual
Team
Leadership
Organization (not discussing today)
Individual
I T“I”-shaped “T”-shaped
T-shaped Individual
TDeepExpertiseina
functionalarea
Broad Ability in
adjoining areas
T-shaped Test Engineer
https://blog.scrum.org/professional-scrum-developer/
Why stop at T?
http://irisclasson.com/2013/07/08/stupid-question-218-what-are-t-shaped-pi-shaped-and-comb-shaped-skills-
a...
Full-stack Engineers
http://daemon.co.za/2014/04/what-does-full-stack-mean/
Unicorn Developers!
https://blog.scrum.org/professional-scrum-developer/
Rarity of Skills vs. Value
https://blog.scrum.org/professional-scrum-developer/
Mindsets!
Fixed
Mindset
Growth
Mindset
Component vs. Feature Teams
UI
MW
DB
BE
f1 f2 f3 f4
UI
MW
DB
BE
f1 f2 f3 f4
Component
Team
Feature
Team
Cross-functional Teams
T-shaped Agile Team
Self-Organising Teams
M
anagem
ent
Responsibility
Team
’sO
w
n
Responsibility
Setting overall direction
Designing the team...
From Group to a Team…
Role of Manager?
What is Leadership?
NOT
Leadership
Me
Ego
Title
Role
Pride
Power
Genius
Process
Position
Charisma
Shortcuts
Dictating
Know...
What is the human side to agile?
Focus on “individuals and interactions”
Emphasis on (direct) “customer collaboration”
Val...
So, what is agile leadership?
Lead with agility (especially in a “VUCA” world)
Explore new ideas and pursue meaningful inn...
Who’s an Agile Leader?
Operates effectively amid uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change
Is knowledgeable about Agile va...
Can anyone be an Agile Leader?
Technically, yes!
Executives, middle management, and other
leaders with organizational influ...
Recap
Agile represents more of mindset, principles, values and
thinking...than methods, processes, vocabulary or tools!
Ag...
References
Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) PRogram, https://
www.scrumalliance.org/agile-leadership
https://www.thoughtwor...
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Agile Leadership

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My talk at Target Bangalore's Agile and DevOps Day on 4-Aug.

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Agile Leadership

  1. 1. Agile Leadership Tathagat Varma Knowledgepreneur http://thoughtleadership.in
  2. 2. Old World Big changes every few decades or multiple years
  3. 3. New World small(er) changes every few quarters months weeks days daily hour…
  4. 4. So, what’s changed? Things change all the time! Markets, Customers, Products, Tech, People… Pace of change has changed! Episodic => Incremental => Continuous We also need to change! Reacting => Responding => Initiating
  5. 5. Are old models effective? Standish Group Chaos Report 2015 Successful: 29% Challenged: 52% Failed: 19% Standish Group Chaos Report 1994 Successful: 16% Challenged: 53% Failed: 31%
  6. 6. Agile Manifesto, 2001 http://agilemanifesto.org
  7. 7. What all changes with agile? Individual Team Leadership Organization (not discussing today)
  8. 8. Individual I T“I”-shaped “T”-shaped
  9. 9. T-shaped Individual TDeepExpertiseina functionalarea Broad Ability in adjoining areas
  10. 10. T-shaped Test Engineer https://blog.scrum.org/professional-scrum-developer/
  11. 11. Why stop at T? http://irisclasson.com/2013/07/08/stupid-question-218-what-are-t-shaped-pi-shaped-and-comb-shaped-skills- and-which-one-should-i-aim-for/
  12. 12. Full-stack Engineers http://daemon.co.za/2014/04/what-does-full-stack-mean/
  13. 13. Unicorn Developers! https://blog.scrum.org/professional-scrum-developer/
  14. 14. Rarity of Skills vs. Value https://blog.scrum.org/professional-scrum-developer/
  15. 15. Mindsets! Fixed Mindset Growth Mindset
  16. 16. Component vs. Feature Teams UI MW DB BE f1 f2 f3 f4 UI MW DB BE f1 f2 f3 f4 Component Team Feature Team
  17. 17. Cross-functional Teams
  18. 18. T-shaped Agile Team
  19. 19. Self-Organising Teams M anagem ent Responsibility Team ’sO w n Responsibility Setting overall direction Designing the team and its organisational context Monitoring and managing work process and progress Executing the team task Manager-led Teams Self-managing Teams Self-designing Teams Self-governing Teams
  20. 20. From Group to a Team…
  21. 21. Role of Manager?
  22. 22. What is Leadership? NOT Leadership Me Ego Title Role Pride Power Genius Process Position Charisma Shortcuts Dictating Knowing Hierarchy Status Quo Management Micromanagement IS Leadership We. Team. Action. Doing. Vision. People. Inspire. Support. Integrity. Learning. Humility. Direction. Networks. Creativity. Influence. Openness. Situational. Right Thing. New Grounds. Empowerment
  23. 23. What is the human side to agile? Focus on “individuals and interactions” Emphasis on (direct) “customer collaboration” Values “responding to changes” Requires environment to “support motivated individuals and trust them” Recommends “face-to-face conversation” Envisages “self-organising teams” Continuous improvement through self-reflection and adaptation
  24. 24. So, what is agile leadership? Lead with agility (especially in a “VUCA” world) Explore new ideas and pursue meaningful innovations Inspire with Vision, and align with Mission Shared decision-making and joint accountability Lifelong learning and developing people Operating with trust, openness and empowerment
  25. 25. Who’s an Agile Leader? Operates effectively amid uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change Is knowledgeable about Agile values, approaches, and practices Surfaces more creative solutions through increased self-awareness, a growth mindset, and engaging others Aligns and empowers teams toward delivering more customer value Personally integrates feedback and experiments, and adapts their ways Takes a collaborative continuous-improvement approach to organizational effectiveness Catalyzes change in others and facilitates organizational change https://www.scrumalliance.org/agile-leadership
  26. 26. Can anyone be an Agile Leader? Technically, yes! Executives, middle management, and other leaders with organizational influence Leaders who support, lead, or interact with Agile teams Any leader sponsoring, requesting, or involved with an Agile adoption within their organization https://www.scrumalliance.org/agile-leadership
  27. 27. Recap Agile represents more of mindset, principles, values and thinking...than methods, processes, vocabulary or tools! Agile adoption at team level requires a thorough understanding of agile values and principles However, scaling agility at organisation level requires agile leadership at multiple levels Agile leadership is all about enhanced agility - best achieved through nurturing agile mindsets, self-organising teams and a culture of trust, openness and continuous improvement
  28. 28. References Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) PRogram, https:// www.scrumalliance.org/agile-leadership https://www.thoughtworks.com/insights/blog/leadership-agile- environment http://rossdawsonblog.com/weblog/archives/2013/03/building-future- success-t-shaped-pi-shaped-and-comb-shaped-skills.html https://www.infoq.com/articles/standish-chaos-2015/ http://blog.crisp.se/2015/11/10/henrikkniberg/what-is-an-agile-leader https://www.quora.com/What-is-agile-leadership

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