Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Engaging Leadership: The Missing Piece for Enhancing Agile Adaptation

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Engaging Leadership: The Missing Piece for Enhancing Agile Adaptation

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As W. Edwards Deming wrote, "It is not enough that top management commit themselves for life to quality and productivity. They must know what it is that they are committed to—that is, what they must do. These obligations cannot be delegated." To build and lead an agile organization, it’s crucial that senior leaders develop a new mindset and capabilities to transform themselves, their teams, and the organization. Join Reha Malik Gill as she discusses how to introduce the practices of design thinking, decentralization, and empowerment to assist you with transforming an agile organization. It doesn't matter what your role is within the transforming organization; there will be something for every agilist. Leaders will learn a new standard for lean and agile thinking and understand how they can actively lead an agile transformation. Agile coaches will gain new tools and techniques for engaging leaders in order to build a powerful guiding alliance for the transformation. And agile team members will learn how to leverage leadership support to quickly resolve impediments and increase transparency and coordination.

Reha Malik Gill
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Reha Malik Gill is an experienced agile practitioner with seven years of agile experience and about eleven years of overall IT experience. She started her journey initially as a Sybase DBA, which she realized early on was not her domain, and changed gears into business analysis, project management, and, eventually, agile coaching full time. Known for her humorous and motivational techniques, Reha uses practical, illustrative exercises to train and teach. For those reasons, she likes to move between coaching and being a ScrumMaster to keep her war-story journal going. Reha has worked with a variety of different sectors, including finance, government, telecommunication, and application development. She has a master's in applied information systems and has a chain of certifications attached to her name, including SPC, CSP, ICP-ACC & ATF, A-CSM, SSM, ACP, and CSM.