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Agile Leadership Summit

"Increasing Leadership Mastery"
Thursday, June 9 • 5:30 pm–7:30 pm and Friday, June 10 • 8:30 am–4:00 pm

As leaders, we often put our teams and organizations first. We have a responsibility to foster continuous learning and improvement. And when we want to bring about change, the trick is introducing it in a way that is effective—not invasive—and lasting. If this were easy, it would not be called leading. So, join us at the Agile Leadership Summit to challenge yourself and increase your leadership mastery.

Participants in the Agile Leadership Summit work with and learn from experienced agile leaders who have led lasting change and produced a thriving agile culture. Learn ways to challenge your personal leadership growth and to lead in your organizational challenges including communication interpretation, anti-fragile approaches, visual data information radiators, and more.


Tricia Broderick, who works with leadership teams to foster high performance, is the chair and your facilitator for the Agile Leadership Summit. Tricia guides participants, working in small groups, to gain insight into their biggest challenges. She is an agile coach and trainer with Agile For All.

Executive director Tracy Briscoe and technology team senior director Golda Sahayam are exceptional leaders at Whole Foods Market. Tracy and Golda share their journey and passion to relentlessly deliver business value through technology and discuss the importance of value prioritization, transparency, and self-directed teams. Agile for All’s Richard Lawrence trains and coaches teams and organizations, including Whole Foods Market.

Development manager Oksana Kubushyna and head of development management Ahmed Sidky are transformational leaders at Riot Games. They share their latest framework and toolkit for increasing leader accountability while maximizing team ownership.

Adam Weisbart of Weisbart Consulting and CTO2’s Doc Norton are experienced agile coaches who have supported leaders, helping them to increase both their individual and their team’s mastery. Their success is based on years of deep practice including how leaders communicate and respond to conflict. Learn how you can breed an agile mindset in your teams, customers, and organization—and yourself.

Bring your challenges, experiences, curiosity, and an open mind. Leave with a short list of things you can work on immediately and other breakthrough ideas for the long term.

Friday, June 10

Tracy Briscoe
Whole Foods Market
Golda Sahayam
Whole Foods Market
Richard Lawrence
Agile For All

Agile Leadership Is Essential to Agile Transformation

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Many so-called “agile transformations” are really just business as usual with some new words and a few process changes at the team level. In contrast, the enterprise business systems group at Whole Foods Market has experienced a real and deep transformation in the past few years. Roles are different. Teams self-organize in new ways. Budgeting, forecasting, and reporting now support complexity and learning. Business stakeholders and teams collaborate to find high-value, minimal solutions neither could come up with alone. Part of that transformation is due to new practices and skills at the... Learn More

Adam Weisbart
Weisbart Consulting

Agile Anti-Patterns: The Leader’s Guide to Agile Traps, Tripwires, and Treachery

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:20am to 11:50am

Knowing the basics of being agile is essential for any agile leader, but out in the trenches, a good agilist must be ready to identify and deal with agile anti-patterns to help their team and organization move forward. What's an agile anti-pattern? Something that at first blush may seem benign or even useful—but in practice is usually dangerous to an agile initiative. These are often first expressed as harmless-sounding quotes from your team such as “I was pulled off this sprint and put onto an emergency project. Again.” Although often slippery to catch, it's important to identify these... Learn More

Oksana Kubushyna
Riot Games
Ahmed Sidky
Riot Games

Agile Leadership Team Roles: Balancing Autonomy and Alignment

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Have you experienced a situation where the project owner is a product expert but lacks leadership skills to align the team or manage stakeholders properly? Or, perhaps, a situation where the otherwise excellent ScrumMaster is not experienced enough to guide the team to own timely delivery, yet is expected to do so by the stakeholders? In many cases, we expect an individual to fit into a predefined role, failing to acknowledge their particular strengths and weaknesses and leaving gaps in covering team responsibilities. By making the implicit explicit, the goal is to allow teams to fully... Learn More

Doc Norton

Decision-Making Tools for Leaders and Teams

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 2:20pm to 3:30pm

Decisions involve risk. As the leader, you’re ultimately accountable for the hundreds of decisions made by your teams every day. Even if it were possible for you to be involved in every decision, it wouldn’t be the best use of your time or your team’s capability. As experienced leaders, it is tempting to serve as the arbiter on critical and complex matters; yet a wise leader knows this is not only demotivating for the team but leads to poorer results. In a complex domain, the more varied the perspectives, the better the quality of our decisions. So how do we, as leaders, help ensure our... Learn More