Many enterprise Agile adoptions begin with a CIO on a stage announcing a Call to Agility. Coaches are engaged, teams respond enthusiastically and the executives eagerly await the promised benefits. When reality hits and things aren’t changing fast enough, the finger pointing starts, and more often than not the frozen middle are caught in the crossfire.
To add insult to injury, when an organisation introduces Scrum, middle management is often left wondering what their role is and how can they contribute? Many Agilists have suggested we should get rid of them. In my view, you need to embrace them as they do have a role to play, and an important one at that.
In this session, we will explore techniques for harnessing the energy of managers at any level: frozen or otherwise! We will help them accelerate their journey towards becoming agile leaders.
The presentation was given at Scrum Australia on 29th April 20166.