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      APLN Leadership Summit, Orlando, FL, November 12 (evening) and November 13, 2009  


With agile development practices going mainstream, many development teams across the world are putting the Agile Manifesto’s principles into practice. However, organizations are struggling with the best ways to lead agile teams—and agile teams are looking for a different style of leadership.

At the APLN Agile Leadership Summit Thursday evening and Friday, you’ll join veterans from small and large companies who have led agile teams and organizations with new, innovative leadership styles. Bring your leadership challenges and discover the pitfalls to avoid when implementing agile or taking your agile practices to the next level. Network with your colleagues at the Thursday evening Welcome Reception, where you will start to formulate your ideas for Friday’s think tank session.  On Friday, each session throughout the day will be followed by an interactive discussion to explore leadership topics and learn from your peers at the summit. At the interactive think tank session just before lunch, you’ll focus on the pressing leadership challenges you’ve identified in your own companies.

Join us for a highly participatory day of learning and exploring to help you take your agile leadership to the next level. Take back the tools you need to support your organization’s agile teams!
Program Chair

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Pollyanna Pixton
5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception — Think Tank Issues Identification: As a Leader, What Is Keeping You Up at Night?
7: 00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
APLN Leadership Summit Session for Friday, November 13, 2009 — 7:45 a.m. 
Leadership for Changing Environments
Sandi Parkes, Ph.D., VP and Dean of Continuing Education, University of Utah

Leadership helps us to organize, converge, and act in unity. The way that you lead creates the impression of you and your team leaves with others and defines the quality of outcomes. Dr. Sandi Parkes explores effective leadership styles and tools that help yop leaders deal with uncertainty and rapidly changing environments. Dr. Parkes describes the application and impact of agile leadership in the context of professional and higher education and encourages participants to examine their own agile leadership and followership.
Learn more about Sandi Parkes  
8: 45 a.m. Networking Break
APLN Leadership Summit Session for Friday, November 13, 2009 — 9:00 a.m.

Collaborative Leadership Management
Chris Matts, Program Manager, Calyon UK

What is the role of a leader in today’s dynamic, agile environments? Does traditional management provide value in a market that requires agility and adaptability? In this interactive discussion, Chris Matts leads participants toward a leadership and management framework that fits well with the need for innovation within a distributed decision-making environment. Explore what leaders need to do to help manage risk, team dynamics, options, and uncertainty and how these concepts compare with current leadership and management theories. Participants will learn about and practice with the tools they need to unleash the talent in their organizations and manage processes that help improve decision making across their organization’s teams.

Learn more about Chris Matts  
10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. Think Tank Session: Leadership Solution Brainstorm and Discussion
11:45 a.m.  Panel Discussion Lunch Buffet
APLN Leadership Summit Session for Friday, November 13, 2009 — 12:45 p.m.
Maturing Your Organization’s Agile Adoption
Robbie Mac Iver, Principle Consultant, The Mac Iver Group and Bryan Campbell, Senior Program Manager, BMC Software Inc.

You’ve started down an agile adoption path; teams are working from prioritized product backlogs; iteration goals are being set and achieved; and working software is created every day. Now what? As more organizations adopt agile practices, they are challenged by the time and effort it takes to develop and mature agile skills across an organization. Organizations and leaders need tools to help them guide the agile skills adoption process. Using the Seven Stages of Expertise model developed by Meilir Page-Jones, Robbie Mac Iver leads a handson discussion that will help you understand where you are, determine where you want to go, and take actions to keep your teams progressing along the path toward agile maturity.
Learn more about Robbie Mac Iver
Learn more about Bryan Campbell
APLN Leadership Summit Session for Friday, November 13, 2009 — 1:45 p.m.
Leading Agile in a Large Enterprise: Overcoming the “Horror” of Self-Managed Teams
Robert Begg, Lean/Agile Development Coach, Software EngineeringTransformation and Improvement, IBM

Nobody can dispute the effectiveness of applying agile practices on small teams. Many organizations, including IBM’s Software group (SWg), are now showing us how to scale agile across large enterprises, overcoming major challenges in the process and getting huge returns on their investments. By replacing the traditional command and control type processes and culture with lean and agile practices, SWg has transitioned all of the 25,000 engineers and their leaders to a new leadership style. In this interactive discussion, Robert Begg explores how IBM is dealing with the challenges of enabling self-managed—yet disciplined—agile teams and the collaborative leadership their transition required.
Learn more about Robert Begg  
2: 45 p.m. Wrap-Up Discussion
3: 00 p.m. Ongoing informal discussions among speakers and attendees

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