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Three Secrets of Agile Management

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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.

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Three Secrets of Agile Management

  1. 1. Three secrets of Agile Leaders: Leading others by leading yourself Peter Stevens peter@saat-network.ch Leadership
  2. 2. https://tinyurl.com/LSZ-Multitasking Help me understand the impact of multi-tasking!
  3. 3. Who is in the room? Would you consider yourself … • Developer – you design, create, test or deploy a product or service • Project Manager – you lead people to deliver something specific • Scrum Leader – you serve as a Scrum Master or Product Owner • Team Manager – you have developers reporting to you • Group Manager or higher – you have team managers reporting to you
  4. 4. Who is in the room? Would you consider yourself … • A Startup Founder – the company is your baby? • Working in a startup - you are living off investors’ money? • Working in a successful startup - you are living off customers’ money? • to be in an “Agile” company? • to be in a company that is transforming to be more Agile
  5. 5. About Peter Stevens About Peter Stevens
  6. 6. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, I teach hope
  7. 7. Let’s explore agility, leadership, and share stories… Secrets Tips
  8. 8. Pop Agility Quiz! Ask you neighbor… What is the first sentence of the Agile Manifesto?
  9. 9. How many of you… • Are hoping I don’t ask for a show of hands? • Went to your phone to find the answer? • Had no idea? • Talked about “Individual and Interactions over Processes and Tools”? • Kind of, sort of knew? • Are confident, you have the right answer?
  10. 10. IMHO the first sentence represents the Agile mindset
  11. 11. IMHO the first sentences represents the Agile mindset Learning Collaboration Purpose
  12. 12. Agility is Purpose Learning Collaboration
  13. 13. The Agile Manifesto doesn’t talk much about the role of leadership
  14. 14. I’d like to share a video that changed how I think about leadership Leadership…
  15. 15. Watch Derek Sivers First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ
  16. 16. What if I told you… Much of what you have been told about agile transitions is wrong?
  17. 17. Agile Transformation is Hard
  18. 18. Is Agile Transformation Hard? What do you think?
  19. 19. Bonus tip: Start with Yourself Tips Secrets
  20. 20. I’d like to share three examples of successful leaders and reveal their secrets of agile leadership We wanted to change, but we couldn’t, until… To save my company, I first needed to… How I lost 10kg
  21. 21. How I lost 10kg
  22. 22. Secret #1: Change is easy if you want to do it
  23. 23. How I lost 10kg
  24. 24. “Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper...” -- Douglas Adams
  25. 25. I don’t like how sugar makes me feel. So I want to avoid sugar and carbohydrates.
  26. 26. Imagine you’re the captain of a sailing ship…
  27. 27. What happens if you are caught in storm?
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. Do I want to get back on course?
  30. 30. If you want to go there, you’ll get back on course
  31. 31. You are the captain of your ship! Make Values & Goals Actionable Tie desired actions to wants and feelings
  32. 32. Tip #1: Know your “Jamaica” & why you want to go there Secrets • Change is easy if you want to do it Tips • Know your “Jamaica” and why you want to go there • Start with yourself
  33. 33. Secret #2: Getting Clear on What Really Matters Can Change Everything!
  34. 34. Joerg Ewald General Manager Volirium AG To save my company, I first needed to take care of myself
  35. 35. 6 Questions of Personal Agility Stuff done, Closer to who you want to be Celebrate & Choose Who you are, What you did 3. What could I do this week? 5. What do I want to get done? 1. What really matters? Do 4. What is important, urgent or 😀? 6. Who can help? 2. What did I do last week? 🎉
  36. 36. Visualize the Answers on your Priorities Map
  37. 37. Get Clarity on What Really Matters Communicate it right away Your people will notice the difference right away
  38. 38. Tip #2: Communicate right away Secrets • Change is easy if you want to do it • Getting clear on what really matters can change everything! Tips • Know your “Jamaica” and why you want to go there • Communicate it! • Start with yourself
  39. 39. Secret #3: Multitasking kills performance.
  40. 40. Secret #3: Developers have solved the multitasking problem
  41. 41. How long does it take to recognize and fix impediments?
  42. 42. Speed comparison This is you working on one thing at time 1 week
  43. 43. 1 1 week 20 weeks Speed comparison This is you working on five things at once 1 2 3 4 5
  44. 44. How much do leaders multitask? Image ©2019 Peter Stevens Licensed CC-BY-NC-ND Data source: preliminary results of Management and Multitasking, by Peter Stevens, not yet published
  45. 45. Walter Stulzer Executive Director FutureWorks.ch We wanted to change, but we couldn’t, until…
  46. 46. 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
  47. 47. Initiatives Capacity “We had as many initiatives as people. After two years, we had made no progress.”
  48. 48. Initiatives By stretching themselves too thin, they slowed to a crawl Waste Things That HelpCap acit y
  49. 49. 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
  50. 50. 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
  51. 51. How they did it • “I committed to making this a success • “Every three weeks or so, my management and I got together… • “Personal Agility was the most important part of all
  52. 52. Start dancing! Apply personal agility yourself Reduce multitasking Apply the top agile practices to management
  53. 53. There is a huge potential to improve company performance by eliminating multitasking in management.
  54. 54. Tip #3: Apply Scrum or Agile to your own work Secrets • Change is easy if you want to do it • Getting clear on what really matters can change everything! • Developers have solved the multitasking problem Tips • Know your “Jamaica” and why you want to go there • Communicate right away • Apply Scrum or Agile to your own work • Start with yourself
  55. 55. Agility begins in each of us
  56. 56. Questions?
  57. 57. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, I inspire hope • Peter Stevens • peter@saat-network.ch • @peterstev • I am here for the rest of the conference

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