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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Agile Leadership

Let’s Talk Agile: Crucial Conversations with Executives Prior Year Content

Does speaking to your company’s management or executives about agile scare you half to death? If so, you aren’t alone. Bob Hartman explains the most common scenarios that trigger these fears. An interactive exercise using these scenarios gives you a baseline of insights into the causes of the fear or anxiety we experience in these situations. Bob uses these insights to help you understand the basic skills necessary to effectively communicate with people in positions of authority. He explores the importance of having empathy, understanding motivation, and using basic negotiation skills in the context of having meaningful conversations. In addition, he shares several common communication methods that fall flat when speaking to executives. Bob concludes with an exercise to ensure everyone leaves with the critical understanding of both the positive techniques to use and the negative techniques to avoid during these difficult conversations.

1.00 PMI® PDU
Bob Hartman
Bob Hartman, Agile For All

Bob Hartman’s logic-based approach to development and quality was honed early in his more than thirty-year software development career. Bob acquired wide-ranging industry knowledge by working as a software developer, tester, product manager, project manager, development manager, and executive. In the past fifteen years, he has grown from being an early adopter of agile to his current status as a Certified Scrum Trainer, Coach, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance. Bob remembers the pain of long waterfall development cycles, and understands the human and business interactions necessary to achieve success regardless of development methodology. Bob’s holistic view of development can help any team achieve success.

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