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200229 PMDays Kharkiv 3 Secrets of Agile Leaders

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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Three secrets of Agile Leaders:
Leading others by leading yourself
Peter Stevens
Kharkiv PMDay
Workshops
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?
Meet Peter Stevens
“Mr. What Really Matters”
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?
This introduction represents the start of a conversation
Behavior
PerspectiveMindset
Source: Barry O’Reilly, Unlearning
Denning’s 3 Laws
What does it mean to be agile?
“Agile Manifesto” “Fake” Agility

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200229 PMDays Kharkiv 3 Secrets of Agile Leaders

  • 1. Three secrets of Agile Leaders: Leading others by leading yourself Peter Stevens Kharkiv PMDay Workshops
  • 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. Meet Peter Stevens “Mr. What Really Matters”
  • 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. This introduction represents the start of a conversation Behavior PerspectiveMindset Source: Barry O’Reilly, Unlearning
  • 6. Denning’s 3 Laws What does it mean to be agile? “Agile Manifesto” “Fake” Agility
  • 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
  • 9. IMHO the first sentence represents the Agile mindset
  • 10. IMHO the first sentences represents the Agile mindset Learning Collaboration Purpose
  • 12. Purpose Learning Collaboration Fake Agility - 1 This has nothing to do with me
  • 13. 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!
  • 14. 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
  • 17. Most wishes from executives on their organizations map to one of the three laws of agility.
  • 18. 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
  • 19. I’d like to share three examples of successful leaders and reveal their secrets of agile leadership Secret 3Secret 2Secret 1
  • 20. Change is easy if you want to do it First Secret:
  • 22. “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
  • 23. I don’t like how sugar makes me feel. So I want to avoid sugar and carbohydrates.
  • 24. Imagine you’re the captain of a sailing ship…
  • 25. What happens if you are caught in storm?
  • 26. 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
  • 27. Do I want to get back on course?
  • 28. If you want to go there, you’ll get back on course
  • 29. Tip: You are the captain of your ship! Change is easy if you want to do it
  • 30. Three secrets of agile leadership Secret 3Secret 2 Change is easy if you want to do it
  • 31. Be Clear on What Really Matters Second Secret:
  • 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… Apollo 11 Ready for Launch
  • 33. 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
  • 34. Joerg Ewald General Manager Volirium AG To save my company, I first needed to take care of myself
  • 35. Joerg’s top priority was to save his company
  • 37. Tip: Get Clarity on What Really Matters and Communicate it right away People will notice the difference right away Clarity Can Be Transformational
  • 38. Three secrets of agile leadership Secret 3 Create Clarity of Purpose Change is easy if you want to do it
  • 39. Software developers have solved your biggest issues! Third Secret:
  • 40. Walter Stulzer Executive Director FutureWorks.ch We wanted to change, but we literally could not.
  • 43. That’s not quite true… they created a new logo
  • 44. 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
  • 45. 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
  • 46. 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
  • 47. Source: © fotolia.com Do you have too much to do but not enough time to do it?
  • 48. 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
  • 49. 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
  • 50. Speed comparison This is you working on one thing at time 1 week
  • 51. 1 week 20 weeks Speed comparison This is you working on five things at once 1 2 3 4 5
  • 52. There is a huge potential to improve company performance by eliminating excessive multitasking in management.
  • 53. Tip: Start with Yourself Apply Techniques from your Dev Teams Apply Agility to Leadership
  • 54. 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
  • 55. Would you like to be the next Futureworks? Walter Stulzer, Executive Director
  • 56. Start with yourself Individual Apply Personal Agility to your life or project
  • 58. Would you like to be like Walter? • Peter Stevens • Co-Founder Personal Agility Institute • peter@saat-network.ch • @peterstev Walter Stulzer, Executive Director