Agile + DevOps East 2018 Leadership Summit Session: Executive Engagement with Scrum

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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Executive Engagement with Scrum

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A common trend that we see with organizations excelling with Agile is that they have engaged leadership teams. By engaged, we do not mean that leadership is merely supportive of the Agile efforts underway, we mean leadership is actively engaged in the process to execute and improve.

Well performing Scrum teams should be identifying impediments each Sprint. Many of these issues may be resolved at the team level, but some may be organizational or systematic constraints requiring action from higher levels of the organization. If not resolved quickly, these impediments will continue to slow down the organization’s ability to deliver.

This session is designed to help leaders consider a model that will help them take a hands-on approach to removing organizational impediments. We will describe what some scaling models call an “Executive Active Team” whose responsibility is to help the organization go faster, not by telling people to work harder, but by owning the removal of organizational and systematic constraints that are slowing down the organization’s ability to deliver.

We’ll also review a case study that demonstrates the outstanding results achieved by one company with an engaged leadership team applying some of these winning patterns.


Don MacIntyre
Scrum Etc.

Don MacIntyre is the founder of where he provides agile consulting and training from the C-level to the team-level. Don draws upon his many years of experience as a software executive, Agile transformation lead, and software engineering leader to help organizations benefit from Agile principles and practices. Don has worked extensively with leadership teams in both the public and private sectors. Don has personally held senior leadership roles at large corporations such as HP and Lockheed, as well as smaller companies, such as and cloud provider Don has provided extensive training and consulting within the Fortune 500 and at agencies such as NASA, DoD, DHS, IRS, etc. Don’s experience extends beyond traditional software. Don recently helped transform a traditional electronics manufacturer into a software solutions provider at the intersect of cloud, mobile, and the Internet of Things. Don is a Certified Agile Leadership Educator (CALe) for the Scrum Alliance and was recently chosen by Jeff Sutherland and Scrum, Inc. to become one of the first [email protected] Trainers. Don’s additional leadership related certifications include Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Leadership Agility 360 consultant.