Agile + DevOps East 2020 Concurrent Session : 3 Disciplines for Leading a Distributed Agile Organization

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

3 Disciplines for Leading a Distributed Agile Organization

How can you lead people you may never see in your distributed organization? Your personal operating system drives your leadership and guides your organization. While your distributed employees may rarely connect with you beyond a video screen, phone call or chat message, you can model a personal operating system that helps you and them navigate the complexities of a distributed agile organization. In this talk, we will explore three key disciplines composing your personal operating system for leadership: manage change through experimentation, amplify communication and collaboration, and focus on principles over practices. The first step is demonstrating three key mindsets around change. These three mindsets help distributed organizations navigate multiple changes at different levels and include: managing change through experimentation, amplifying communication and collaboration and focusing on principles over practices. The next step sets the environment where your employees can follow your example. From the mindsets, we’ll discover several possible examples you can set for your staff to follow using techniques from Liberating Structures.

K5Labs LLC

As an agile coach, Mark Kilby has cultivated more distributed and dispersed teams than collocated teams in his 30 years in the industry. He’s coached as a consultant, an internal coach, and as a facilitator of distributed professional communities. His easy-going style helps teams learn to collaborate and discover their path to success and sustainability. See for his blog, articles, and information on his latest book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver.