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Agile for Managers

( Duration: 1 Day )

Agile is not a particular software methodology with a prescriptive checklist of things-to-do, but a philosophical approach to working iteratively and collaboratively. Manager will get an overview of the benefits of working in an Agile environment, as well as the highlights of the most popular Agile software methodologies. Armed with knowledge of the principles, vocabulary, and ceremonies of an Agile Framework, Manager are equipped to extend the concepts beyond software development and into their role as an Agile leader. Understanding these concepts will help teams speak a common language throughout the organization and give Manager the ability to lead by example.

One of the biggest barriers to Agile Adoption can be a lack of buy-in from management and a misunderstanding of their role in the Agile transition. By understanding the importance of their role as an Agile champion and servant leader, Agile Manager can help facilitate a smooth transition for their teams. Organizational change starts with ensuring that leadership has a clear understanding of their role and can be effective as change agents.

Agile Management techniques promote autonomy and respect on teams, leading to trusting, collaborative relationships resulting in continuous improvement, higher productivity, stronger loyalty and higher performance for team members. Using a servant leader approach rather than a traditional command and control approach, Manager become the catalysts to guide empowered self-directed teams.

By attending Agile for Managers workshop, delegates will learn:

  • The benefits of working in an Agile environment
  • The Agile Framework, including an overview of methodologies, principles, terminology, and ceremonies
  • How to classify organizational cultures and leadership styles
  • How to foster change acceptance and Agile adoption
  • The role of managers in an Agile environment and how to become a servant leader
  • How to build and support Agile teams
  • Jurgen Appelo's Management Model
  • How to motivate teams for continuous improvement
  • How to apply what you have learned to real life scenarios within your own organization

The Agile for Managers training course is ideal for anyone who will be managing agile teams and people, including:

  • Senior Managers
  • Product Owners
  • Development Managers
  • Development Leads



Introductions & Class Objectives


Making the Case for Change Defining the Challenges of Software Development

  • What is the Problem Agile is Trying to Solve
  • What is Lean? What is Agile?
  • Agile versus Waterfall

The Agile Framework

  • Agile Framework and Methodologies
  • Agile Manifesto and Principles
  • Terminology and Ceremonies
  • Prioritization

Organizational Culture and Leadership Styles

  • What is Organizational Culture?
  • Organizational Culture Models
  • Schneider's Culture Model
  • Mapping Agile Values into the Four Quadrants
  • What's Your Organization's Culture
  • Agile and Lean Methodologies, including Scrum and Kanban
  • Matching Agile Practices to Organizational Culture

Agile Adoption and Change Acceptance

  • Barriers to Agile Adoption
  • Agile and Change
  • Kubler-Ross Model of Change
  • Change Acceptance
  • Characteristics of a Change Agent
  • Reasons Teams Have Difficulty With Agile Adoption

Building and Supporting Agile Teams

  • Definition and Characteristics of an Agile Team
  • Supporting an Agile Team
  • Agile Teams aligned to an Organizational Hierarchy

Management (Jurgen Appelo)

  • Energize People
  • Empower Teams
  • Align Constraints
  • Develop Competence
  • Grow structure
  • Improve Everything

Continuous Improvement

  • Retrospectives
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Principles of Systems Thinking (Complex Adaptive, Chaos)
  • Continuous Improvement Processes
  • Self-Assessment
  • Tips for Successful Continuous Improvement

Becoming an Agile Leader

  • Mental Models
  • What is Agile Leadership?
  • Servant Leadership

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