Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : How Agile Killed Managers

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

How Agile Killed Managers

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Agile adoption has changed the corporate landscape in many different ways. And while the change has been mostly positive for the teams, some can see agile and Scrum ideas as a revolt against traditional management practices. If the team is self-organized, then what's the manager's role? Have no fear—managers are not obsolete; their job just looks a little different. Katy Sherman will discuss how agile has reshaped the manager's role. You will see examples of what not to do, such as when managers become a real obstacle during agile adoption, as well as learn how individuals, teams, and managers can work together to become successful and achieve true agility. All agile enthusiasts—including engineers and other individual contributors, product owners, managers, ScrumMasters, and agile coaches—are welcome, so come exchange ideas and learn techniques to become effective agile leaders, regardless of your titles and roles.


Katy Sherman
Premier Inc.

Katy Sherman is director of software engineering at Premier Inc. She worked in several different agile environments with several companies, first as a developer and later as a manager. She has seen agile working and knows its benefits, but she has also seen its failures, things that did not work, and people who became angry and frustrated. She enjoys reading and talking about agile and writes an agile blog on LinkedIn. She is happy to share her experience and her thoughts on agile adoption from the standpoint of the engineering organization.