30 September - 2 October 2015

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Examining leadership

John Young RedElephant Technology

Session type: Hands-On Session
Session duration: 90 minutes

About this Hands-On Session

This hands-on session will examine our beliefs about leadership.

What does it mean to be a leader? How do we relate to leaders? How do we look at ourselves as leaders? What are the characteristics of leadership that we believe are essential for the successful delivery of software projects?

When we look at leadership within the context of software delivery, my belief is that we also have to integrate into our examination questions related to how we work with complexity, emergence and organisational change.

The workshop will draw upon a variety of sources including David Snowden, Bill McKelvey, Ronald Heifetz, INSEAD's Global Leadership Centre and others.

Another topic that we will examine is the idea of managing upwards. How can we work with leaders who have higher status than us in an organisation?

About the Speaker

John Young is Director of RedElephant Technology. RedElephant's clients are primarily in private equity, specialty insurance and banking. John is an agile coach and organisational change consultant and is currently facilitating an agile transition at Deutsche Bank.

John's interest in organisational change and developing high performance teams led him to study an executive masters in consulting and coaching for change at INSEAD Business School.

He has conducted research and led workshops on the relationship between strategy, organisational change and agile initiatives. He is also a published author through INCOSE's agile systems working group.

John spoke at Agile Cambridge 2014 and is a new participant in the Scrum Patterns community.


Session Types

Need help planning which sessions to attend? We've provided a breakdown of our various session types below.

Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of service design techniques. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.


Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.


A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.


An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.