Growing Agile Managers
ABSTRACT: When helping our teams and our organizations “go Agile”, you will find books and articles about helping teams understand the principles and practices behind effective Agile. You will also find plenty of support to help you enlist senior leaders and executives, helping them understand the value of short iterations, empowered teams, and the business value of embracing Agile principles.
What we frequently forget to do is help the traditional Manager – the command and control expert who has spent their career understanding the excelling in the “Old Way of Work”, and is suddenly asking a question that few in the Agile community have an answer for:
“What do I do now?”
Beyond just the words Servant Leadership, we’ll discuss the ways we’ve forgotten about one of the most critical groups during an Agile transformation, and some practical ways to empathize with and help these managers grow into advocates for your teams as Agile Managers.
BIO: A Virginia-born Richmond native, Braz Brandt has been working in the Agile field for a decade. In addition to working most recently as an Agile coach for a certain Richmond-area Fortune 500 financial services company, Braz has been a ScrumMaster, Product Owner, team and leadership coach in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors. When he’s not jibber-jabbering about Agile, he’s spending time with his wife, six kids, and three dogs.