Agile Leadership

“In the 21st Century, there will be two kinds of company. Those who delight their customers and those who do not. The former will prosper and thrive, the latter will be challenged to survive.”

— Steve Denning, author of The Leaders Guide to Radical Managment

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Today’s white-water environment requires the entire organization to be agile. With the abrupt, unpredictable and simultaneous shifts in markets, customers, communications, technology, competitors, talent and regulatory frameworks, the entire organization must be nimble to survive, let alone prosper. In this 2-day workshop, you will find out how to accomplish the necessary paradigm shift in your organization.

The Five Shifts of Radical Management

The Five Shifts of Radical Management

The biggest secret in management today

Just over a decade ago, a set of major management breakthroughs occurred. These breakthroughs enabled software development teams to achieve both disciplined execution and continuous innovation, something that was hitherto impossible to accomplish with traditional management methods. Over the last decade, these management practices, under various labels such as Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean, have been field-tested and proven in thousands of organizations around the world. Radical management distills, builds on and extends these principles, practices and values so that the entire organization can now achieve to apply the magic combination of disciplined execution and continuous innovation.

What will you learn in this workshop?

In this intensive, interactive 2-day Executive Education workshop, you will learn how to get beyond the rigidities of traditional management and acquire the breakthrough capabilities involved in making the entire organization agile. You will learn how to implement the elements of radical management as an integrated whole so as to get extraordinary results for your organization, your customers and your workforce.

How will you learn?

You will receive both the theoretical grounding in the diverse principles and practices of radical management and the hands-on experience of applying them to your organization.

Learning through exercises, simulations, lectures, case studies and group discussions, you will emerge with a deeper understanding of the conceptual framework of Agile software development and radical management and an enhanced capacity to make the necessary paradigm shift happen in your organization.

Who is that workshop for?

Offering a career-changing experience for anyone dissatisfied with rigidities of traditional management, this leadership workshop is for

  • Agile leaders and coaches wanting to convert the entire organization to Agile,
  • business leaders needing to understand Agile management or achieve continuous innovation, and
  • entrepreneurs wanting to grow their startups without losing agility.

What are the workshop objectives?

In this workshop, you will learn how to take the breakthrough lessons of Agile software development and apply them systematically so as to transform the entire organization.

You will learn how organizations like your own that have figured out how to get continuous innovation, and deep job satisfaction and delighted customers, and do this sustainably, as the permanent way in which the organization runs, all at the same time

You will learn how to extract what is valuable in 20th Century management while supplementing that with the new leadership practices that are needed to operate successfully in the tumultuous world of the 21st Century.

You will undergo a voyage of discovery, in which you will learn and embody a way of thinking, speaking and acting that is radically more productive for customers, employees and the organization. You will accomplish this by learning how to operate in a world of no- tradeoffs: how to get outsized outcomes for the organization along with inspired workers and thrilled customers and stakeholders.

You will learn how to accomplish these gains while creating authenticity in the workplace, both for you, for the people you work with and for, and for the people who work for you and for the organization’s brand.

You will learn what’s happening in other organizations along with the broader global movement for management change, epitomized in the Agile Manifesto (2001) for software development and the Stoos Gathering (2012) for general management.

You will learn how to get beyond instances of agility that are usually short-lived. You will learn how to expand oases of continuous agility, particularly in software development with the advent of Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean and eliminate the conflicts with the general management practices within the firm as a whole.

To make the entire organization agile, you will learn more than new management tools. You will learn how to put in place together the right strategic goals, the right managerial roles, the right way to coordinate work, the right Agile values and the right way to communicate.

Understanding and implementing the comprehensive array of changes involved in making the entire organization agile will help you master the paradigm shift in management that is needed to create continuous innovation, delighted customers, passionate employees, and extraordinary shareholder returns.

These shifts require more than learning a few new tools or processes. They constitute a basic change in the way we think, speak and interact with each other.

The principles – five fundamental shifts

This radical management workshop explores five fundamental shifts in management principles, each of which is based on many years of research and experience:

  • A shift in the firm’s bottom line from maximizing shareholder value to customer delight (in public sector organizations: it’s a shift from outputs to stakeholder outcomes)
  • A shift the role of managers from controllers to enablers.
  • A shift the coordination of work away from cumbersome bureaucracy (plans, reports, meetings) to agile linking of real work to customer outcomes.
  • A shift from solely economic value to the values that will grow your organization: transparency, continuous improvement and sustainability.
  • A shift communications from top-down commands to conversation.

About your Trainers

Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens is an entrepreneur and Certified Scrum Trainer. He works with individuals and companies in Europe and around the world to introduce agility, become more effective and profitable, and have more fun at work.

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts MBA, CEO, agile coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, draws on his experience in guiding organizations to sustainable success with agile methods, and helping executives in large organizations to achieve their goals through the use and support of agility.

Practical Details:

Program:

  • Coffee & Registration: 9.00am
  • Begin: 9.30am (prompt!)
  • End: 18.00 (6pm)

Certification:

  • PMP certified participants are eligible to 1 PDU point per training hours as defined in the PMP Handbook on page 42, Category B.
  • Scrum Alliance certified participants are eligible to 1 SEU point per training hour in Category B-4.
  • All participants who actively participate in the entire course may receive a confirmation of participation.

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