28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Agile self-organisation essentials

Andrea Provaglio Independent Agile Organizational Coach

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 90 minutes

About this Tutorial

As Ken Schwaber, co-creator of scrum, blogged back in 2011: ‘Scrum without selforganization and empowerment is a death march, just like waterfall, but an iterative, incremental death march without slack.’

So team empowerment – and therefore a modern approach to leadership – is key for a beneficial adoption of the agile principles and practices.

That’s even more important if we consider that, still today, many organizations moving into Agile focus much more on the ‘processes and tools’ part of the Agile Manifesto’s first value, rather than on the ‘individuals and interactions’ one.

This workshop is intended to bring more balance into the equation and to help people get closer to the Agile values of self-managing, self-organizing and empowerment.

In this session, I will focus primarily on the different ways to approach leadership to support self-organization and what are the responsibilities of the team.

The intended audience includes scrum masters, team leaders, team members, project managers, product managers and product owners.

Direct, professional experience and involvement in an Agile software development project is required to appreciate the concepts presented and to contribute to the practical exercises.

I will cover:

  • the business case for self-organization
  • self-organization fundamentals: transparency and trust
  • a leader’s systemic view of self-organizing teams
  • meta-, macro- and micro-leadership
  • promoting engagement through autonomy and mastery
  • the mechanisms for safe and effective delegation

You will learn:

  • the principles of self-management, leadership, complexity, trust, empowerment, motivation
  • how to create a learning environment where knowledge is shared, and reduce the risk of operational bottlenecks
  • how to promote alignment to the organization’s business goals and get more focus on the most valuable activities
  • how to increase the productivity of your teams by greater participation and simpler decision-making processes

About the Speaker

Andrea helps IT organisations to implement better ways of doing business. He coaches executives, managers and teams who want to improve technically and relationally.

His main focus is on helping companies to transition to organisational and cultural models that are better suited to the kind of knowledge work that's so typical of software development - which includes, but is not limited to, agile and lean.

In over 20 years of professional experience, Andrea has had clients in 3 different continents and worked with organisations ranging from the United Nations to small and dynamic IT companies.

He currently works in Europe. He's also worked in the USA on a O-1 visa for "extraordinary abilities in sciences".

As part of his regular activities, he enjoys sharing what he knows by speaking at major international conferences.


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