Today, knowledge workers are seeking to find meaning in their lives and purpose in their work. With this new generation of employees who are as interested in purpose as in profit, it is imperative that we revisit management schemes—top-down work assignment, the annual review, strict clock-punching work hours, and inflexible vacation policies—and recognize their negative effects on individual morale and team productivity. As leaders, it is time we recognize and own our responsibility in these counterproductive techniques and boldly move into the future with radical alternatives. With...
Sanjiv Augustine is the president of LitheSpeed, an agile consulting, training, and product development company. With 25+ years in the industry, Sanjiv has managed agile projects from five to more than 100 people, trained thousands of agile practitioners through workshops and conference presentations, and coached numerous project teams. As a leading proponent of Agile in the management space, he has served as a trusted advisor to executives and management at leading firms including: Capital One, The Capital Group, CNBC, Comcast, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, General Dynamics, HCA Healthcare, The Motley Fool, National Geographic, Nationwide Insurance, Walmart and Samsung.
As an Agile thought-leader, he has spoken at conferences worldwide and published extensively. His works include the books Managing Agile Projects (Prentice Hall 2005) and Scaling Agile - A Lean JumpStart, and several publications including Transitioning to Agile Project Management and The Lean–Agile PMO: Using Lean Thinking to Accelerate Agile Project Delivery. Sanjiv has also played an instrumental role in growing the Agile and Lean communities over the years, including as the Chair of the Agile Alliance’s Agile Executive Forum, founder and advisory board member of the Agile Leadership Network (ALN); and a founder member of the Project Management Institute’s Agile Community of Practice.