Agile + DevOps East 2018 Tutorial: Leaders: Getting Real without Getting Fired

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Leaders: Getting Real without Getting Fired

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Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you're navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to your reaching your goals? Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. When organizations suffering from a lack of trust, it costs them speed, productivity, and collaboration. Join Allison Pollard and Marcus King as they share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for speaking the truth in a way that builds trust. In low trust environments softening the truth can feel comfortable, simpler, and nicer—and can make you look like a team player. On the other hand, stating the truth in all of its ugliness is risky and potentially career-limiting. Finding the sweet spot of communication to become a trusted leader takes self-awareness and practice. Allison and Marcus help you learn to recognize how your behavior is—or is not—building trust and to practice speaking the hard truth so others can hear you.


Marcus King
Improving Enterprises

Marcus King has more than fifteen years of IT industry experience in roles ranging from network engineer to software developer and enterprise architect. As a technical coach, he mentors teams toward healthy conflict, more efficient work processes, and better technology choices. A true technologist, Marcus has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of technologies and platforms. Beyond his professional work, Marcus likes to spend time with family, friends, and colleagues laughing and generally enjoying life.

Allison Pollard
Improving Enterprises

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great ScrumMasters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is an organizer of the DFW Scrum user group, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.