Management and Leadership of the Agile Organisation

Session Category :  Talk 
March 21, 2019
10:45  -  11:30



What does agile do to management? How can agile leadership survive and thrive? How do we communicate that? We’ll discuss the new and different face of management and leadership in a truly agile organisation.

We know Agile is not a silver bullet, that Agile projects aren’t always successful, and adopting Agile across an organisation is hard. We are starting to understand the critical role that Management plays in the success of Agile adoption. It is not enough for an organisation to ‘bolt on’ agile practices to existing management hierarchy and organisational culture, and hope for the best. It is said that we need less management and more leadership. This talk argues the case for both, but a different kind of management, and a different kind of leadership.

Under Management, we discuss the mis-interpretation of ‘command and control’, bridging the 3 gaps between desired outcomes, plans and actions, and we discuss the nature of Strategy.

Under Leadership, we discuss the difference between leadership and management, giving direction, motivation of knowledge workers and Leaders creating Leaders. We will look at models for self-managing organisations, and their pitfalls, and at aligning strategy, budgeting and appraisals for a truly agile organisation.

This talk is aimed at managers and leaders at all levels in organisations adopting Agile, as well as anyone in coaching roles.

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