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200229 PMDays Kharkiv 3 Secrets of Agile Leaders

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Agility as a movement started with software developers uncovering better ways of doing what they do. Today that movement is driving even business leaders to rethink how they lead their organizations. What does it mean to "be" agile? How can agility be applied to leading organizations? Where do successful agile leaders start? Three stories, three secrets and three tips to apply agility to your life and work. As presented at PMDay 2020 in Kharkiv

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200229 PMDays Kharkiv 3 Secrets of Agile Leaders

  1. 1. Three secrets of Agile Leaders: Leading others by leading yourself Peter Stevens Kharkiv PMDay Workshops
  2. 2. Who is in the room? Would you consider yourself a… • Developer – you design, create, test or deploy a product or service • Agile Developer – you subscribe to the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto • Anti-Agile – you’re one of those developers who hate “Agile” • Agile Leadership role– you serve as Agile Coach, Scrum Master or Product Owner • Project Manager • Line Manager – Team or Group Manager • C-Level Manager – You have overall responsibility for your company or business unit • Anyone else?
  3. 3. Meet Peter Stevens “Mr. What Really Matters”
  4. 4. What do executives ask about agility? • What are the buzzwords about? • How can we innovate faster? • How can we get business and technology to talk to each other? • How can we develop better products? • How can we educate our clients? • How can agile make us better at delighting the customer • How can I make it a success? • What does it mean for me?
  5. 5. This introduction represents the start of a conversation Behavior PerspectiveMindset Source: Barry O’Reilly, Unlearning
  6. 6. Denning’s 3 Laws What does it mean to be agile? “Agile Manifesto” “Fake” Agility
  7. 7. What is agility? User Stories SAFe Sprint Scrum Planning Poker Story Points Product Backlog Scrum Master CI/CD Pair Programming Kanban LeSS Product Owner
  8. 8. IMHO the first sentence represents the Agile mindset
  9. 9. IMHO the first sentences represents the Agile mindset Learning Collaboration Purpose
  10. 10. Agility is Purpose Learning Collaboration
  11. 11. Purpose Learning Collaboration Fake Agility - 1 This has nothing to do with me
  12. 12. Fake Agility - 2 User Stories SAFe Sprint Scrum Planning Poker Story Points Product Backlog Scrum Master CI/CD Pair Programming Kanban Product Owner LeSSDo Scrum!
  13. 13. What does it mean to be agile? Steve Denning’s Three “Laws” of Agile Organizations • Law of the Customer • Focus on customer needs, both existing customers, and even more importantly, new customers and new markets • Law of the Network • Information flows without friction through the organization to seize opportunities or fix problems • Law of Small Teams • Get business and technology working together efficiently to create customer-centric products
  14. 14. Agility is Customer Network Small Teams
  15. 15. Agility is Customer Network Small Teams Purpose Learning Collaboration
  16. 16. Most wishes from executives on their organizations map to one of the three laws of agility.
  17. 17. Agility has become a topic for leadership https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-you-agile-enough-for-agile-management-11565607600https://hbr.org/2016/05/embracing-agile
  18. 18. I’d like to share three examples of successful leaders and reveal their secrets of agile leadership Secret 3Secret 2Secret 1
  19. 19. Change is easy if you want to do it First Secret:
  20. 20. How I lost 10kg
  21. 21. “Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” -- Douglas Adams
  22. 22. I don’t like how sugar makes me feel. So I want to avoid sugar and carbohydrates.
  23. 23. Imagine you’re the captain of a sailing ship…
  24. 24. What happens if you are caught in storm?
  25. 25. Christmas represented a severe thunderstorm! “They are good, they are really good” SugarPressure.com: Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups https://www.sugarpressure.com/2010/12/trader-joes-milk-chocolate-peanut-butter-cups.html
  26. 26. Do I want to get back on course?
  27. 27. If you want to go there, you’ll get back on course
  28. 28. Tip: You are the captain of your ship! Change is easy if you want to do it
  29. 29. Three secrets of agile leadership Secret 3Secret 2 Change is easy if you want to do it
  30. 30. Be Clear on What Really Matters Second Secret:
  31. 31. How to create alignment among 400,000 people Every member of the Apollo mission knew: 1. We are going to the moon 2. It’s not going to fail because of me 3. If something goes wrong… Apollo 11 Ready for Launch
  32. 32. How to create alignment among 400,000 people Every member of the Apollo mission knew: 1. We are going to the moon 2. It’s not going to fail because of me 3. If something goes wrong, remember item 1 Chandrayaan 2 Ready for Launch
  33. 33. Joerg Ewald General Manager Volirium AG To save my company, I first needed to take care of myself
  34. 34. Joerg’s top priority was to save his company
  35. 35. Tip: Get Clarity on What Really Matters and Communicate it right away People will notice the difference right away Clarity Can Be Transformational
  36. 36. Three secrets of agile leadership Secret 3 Create Clarity of Purpose Change is easy if you want to do it
  37. 37. Software developers have solved your biggest issues! Third Secret:
  38. 38. Walter Stulzer Executive Director FutureWorks.ch We wanted to change, but we literally could not.
  39. 39. SituationFutureworksemergesoutofthe fissionofalargerpartnership Walterwantstostepbackfrom dailybusiness,passthetorchtoa functionalleadership Theydedicated10%oftheir leadershipcapacityto improvementand startmanyinitiatives Noneofthegoalshavebeen achieved Two years go by… Image ©2019 Peter Stevens Licensed CC-BY-NC-ND
  40. 40. That’s not quite true…
  41. 41. That’s not quite true… they created a new logo
  42. 42. Second try, they worked in Sprints (focused) Waltercommittedtobeingpartof thesolution,trainedwithhis leadershipteamon ScrumandPersonalAgility Theydedicated10%oftheir leadershipcapacityto improvementandstartworkingon afewinitiativesatatime Allofthegoalshadbeenachieved Six months go by… Image ©2019 Peter Stevens Licensed CC-BY-NC-ND
  43. 43. Six months later… • “We accomplished everything needed to achieve our initial goals. • “Half of our initial ideas proved unnecessary, so we didn't do them. • “We were able to achieve all our goals with ½ the work & ¼ of the time • “And the the results are already visible in our finances!” -- Walter Stultzer, Executive Director, Futureworks AG
  44. 44. How Walter’s team did it • “I committed to making this a success • “I communicated WHY, then WHAT • “We applied Scrum to improving the company • “Every three weeks or so, my management and I got together… • “Personal Agility was the most important part of all
  45. 45. Source: © fotolia.com Do you have too much to do but not enough time to do it?
  46. 46. What are the top agile practices used in Development? • Daily standup • Sprint/iteration planning • Retrospectives • Sprint/iteration review • Short iterations Source: VersionOne, 12th Annual State of Agile Report, 2018
  47. 47. As part of their job to improve your organization, does you manager…? Practice • Daily standup • Sprint/iteration planning • Retrospectives • Sprint/iteration review • Short iterations % of development teams that use • 90% • 88% • 85% • 80% • 69% Source: VersionOne, 12th Annual State of Agile Report, 2018
  48. 48. Speed comparison This is you working on one thing at time 1 week
  49. 49. 1 week 20 weeks Speed comparison This is you working on five things at once 1 2 3 4 5
  50. 50. There is a huge potential to improve company performance by eliminating excessive multitasking in management.
  51. 51. Tip: Start with Yourself Apply Techniques from your Dev Teams Apply Agility to Leadership
  52. 52. How to apply these three secrets of agile leadership Apply Agility to Leadership Create clarity on what really matters Change is easy if you want to do it
  53. 53. Would you like to be the next Futureworks? Walter Stulzer, Executive Director
  54. 54. Start with yourself Individual Apply Personal Agility to your life or project
  55. 55. https://saat-network.ch/tenhttps://saat-network.ch/ebk
  56. 56. Would you like to be like Walter? • Peter Stevens • Co-Founder Personal Agility Institute • peter@saat-network.ch • @peterstev Walter Stulzer, Executive Director
  57. 57. Your questions? • peter@saat-network.ch Photo © leonardo viti - Fotolia

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