Agile + DevOps East 2020 Concurrent Session : Culture-Shaping: An Agile Leadership Imperative

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Culture-Shaping: An Agile Leadership Imperative

It’s largely a chicken & egg problem. Where does organizational culture come from? Does it grow organically from the bottom-up? Is it tied to organizational structure? Is it strongly tied to the culture that leaders are setting? While it comes from all of the above and more, Bob Galen asserts (and has observed in his coaching) that leaders play the most important role in culture-setting. But he doesn’t believe they really understand that responsibility, what it entails, and tactics for actively setting the culture. Thus, this workshop. We’ll start by exploring the dynamics of leadership culture setting by going through a simple assessment exercise to determine your individual culture-setting maturity level. Next, we’ll focus on sharing a set of heuristics (thinking models) that describe effective culture-setting practices. Bob refers to them as your Walking Your Agile Leadership Talk (WYALT) heuristics. And we’ll drill down into the positive leadership behaviors that amplify each heuristic. We’ll wrap up the talk by giving everyone an individual chance to create a personal WYALT improvement plan to close any gaps you found in your personal assessments. But no judgment, we’re all on a journey, right?

Bob Galen

Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG a boutique agile coaching firm. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CAL I trainer, and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published three agile-centric books: Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2012, Scrum Product Ownership, 3rd Edition in 2019, and Agile Reflections in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcasterBob may be reached directly at [email protected] or networking via LinkedIn