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Building a Self-Sustaining Agile Organization - DSMAgile 2015

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Building a Self-Sustaining Agile Organization - DSMAgile 2015

  1. 1. ` B U I L D I N G A S E L F - S U S T A I N I N G A G I L E O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L E A D E R S H I P - D R I V E N A P P R O A C H SEAN DUNN, CD, PEng, CSP, PMP sean.dunn@ihs.co m @SeanDunn10
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  3. 3. At least we’re not Okotoks
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  6. 6. TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP • “EMPHASIZING INTRINSIC MOTIVATION” • “HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANT PRIORITIES” • “ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO LOOK BEYOND SELF- INTERESTS” • “PROMOTING COOPERATION AND HARMONY” • “PROVIDING INDIVIDUAL COACHING AND MENTORING” • “ALLOWING FREEDOM OF CHOICE” • “USING PERSUASIVE APPEALS BASED ON REASON” Bass, B.M. (1998), The Ethics Of Transformational Leadership @SeanDunn10
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  8. 8. Mission Command is the conduct of military operations through decentralized execution, using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander's intent. Done well, it empowers agile and adaptive leaders to successfully operate under conditions of uncertainty, exploit fleeting opportunities, and most importantly achieve unity of effort. Importantly, it helps establish mutual trust and shared understanding throughout the force. Mission Command is fundamental to ensuring that our Army stays ahead of and adapts to the rapidly changing environments we expect to face in the future." - GEN Raymond T. Odierno, United States Army Chief of Staff, 5 May 14 @SeanDunn10
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  10. 10. Full Metal Jacket, 1987, Warner Bros @SeanDunn10
  11. 11. About me • Internal Enterprise Agile Coach with IHS Inc. – Provides data and analytics to a variety of industries – 8000+ people internationally • I’m based in Calgary, AB • Developer, product owner, accidental Agile coach @SeanDunn10
  12. 12. “Agile” makes me cringe My mental model != Your mental model @SeanDunn10
  13. 13. TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP LEAN PRODUCT MANAGEMENT • CODING SKILLS • DESIGNING SOFTWARE TO ACCOMMODATE CHANGE • DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEM • INCREMENTAL VALUE DELIVERY • SHORT-FEEDBACK CYCLES • WHOLE-SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION • INSPIRING OTHERS • DEVELOPING LEADERS • BUILDING TEAMS • LEAD BY EXAMPLE @SeanDunn10
  14. 14. Alex Krivitsky @SeanDunn10
  15. 15. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done. but, how? @SeanDunn10
  16. 16. TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP LEAN PRODUCT MANAGEMENT • CODING SKILLS • DESIGNING SOFTWARE TO ACCOMMODATE CHANGE • DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEM • INCREMENTAL VALUE DELIVERY • SHORT-FEEDBACK CYCLES • WHOLE-SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION • INSPIRING OTHERS • DEVELOPING LEADERS • BUILDING TEAMS • LEAD BY EXAMPLE @SeanDunn10
  17. 17. HOW DO WE ENSURE OUR VALUES AND PRINCIPLES PERSIST FOR GENERATIONS? @SeanDunn10
  18. 18. C O N S I D E R 10 YEARS FROM NOW, YOU RETURN TO YOUR ORGANIZATION WHAT WILL YOU FIND? @SeanDunn10
  19. 19. Q: Where do Generals come from? A: They are made. @SeanDunn10
  20. 20. Now consider: Where do come from?leaders CEOs product owners managers directors vice-presidents A: They are made. @SeanDunn10
  21. 21. Hack (noun): A solution that solves the immediate problem, at the cost of long-term maintainability. Scrum – A collection of “organizational hacks”? @SeanDunn10
  22. 22. SCRUMMASTERS SHOULD NOT BE MANAGERS conventional scrum wisdom: ORGANIZATIONAL HACK? WHAT IF: MANAGERS == LEADERS == SCRUMMASTERS @SeanDunn10
  23. 23. If your leaders can’t teach it, How well do you really know it?
  24. 24. C O N S I D E R 1 0 Y E A R S F R O M N O W, YO U R E T U R N TO YO U R O R G A N I Z AT I O N A N D D I S CO V E R A P R AC T I C E T H AT R E S E M B L E S N E I T H E R S C R U M N O R K A N BA N HOW DO YOU REACT?
  25. 25. L E A D E R S H I P ? T H E V A L U E S ? T H E P R I N C I P L E S ? THE PRACTICES? W H AT W I L L S E L F - S U S TA I N ? maturity
  26. 26. To confidently walk away from an organization, knowing that they will continue to discover new and better ways of developing software my success criteria: @SeanDunn10
  27. 27. SOME PATTERNS • Develop leaders – at all levels – to be Agile coaches. • Bring leadership into the conversation. • Underwrite risk. • Take ownership of developing your people. @SeanDunn10
  28. 28. IN CONCLUSION • Building a self-sustaining organization requires deliberate thought, effort, and investment • Agile values are organizational values • Sustain the values and the principles – not the practices • Culture is leadership driven • Lead by example – model the desired behaviour
  29. 29. More Resources • Turn the Ship Around, Capt (US Navy) David Marquet • Team of Teams, General Stanley McChrystal • Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek • Leadership, General Rick Hillier • The Generals, Tom Ricks @SeanDunn10

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