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Agile + DevOps Virtual 2020 - Agile Teams & Leadership

Wednesday, November 11

Bob Galen

Culture-Shaping: An Agile Leadership Imperative

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

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...

K5Labs LLC

3 Disciplines for Leading a Distributed Agile Organization

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

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...


Evolving from Projects to Products: The Product Leader’s Journey

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Product Leader is the link between the products we build and the culture of the organization building them. It's the foundation for operating in a digital economy. There is a shift happening. One that puts the user closer to the center of our work than ever before. We are moving away from the question "Are we building it right?" to asking "Are we building the right thing?" This approach isn't new - it's growing in response to the increasing speed and complexity of competing in today's marketplace. The future of business agility is creating a healthy ecosystem that provides space for...

Thursday, November 12


Let it Flow: From Frozen Middle to Agile Ninja

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

Stuck in bureaucratic systems, middle managers have been unfairly dismissed as recalcitrant towards change in many quarters. On the contrary, research shows that 80% of change efforts initiated by middle managers succeed. As organizations scale up full bore to agile, where can middle managers – project managers and other leaders – best add value in a fast-moving, agile and entrepreneurial world? Leading companies have shifted from a project to a product operating model. Moving from agile teams to end-to-end value stream teams, they have achieved time-to-market accelerations and created...

PPL Coach

Reimagining Careers for the Age of Accelerations

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

The rules of the game have changed! Studies indicate that by the year 2030, half of jobs will be ones that do no exist today and half the jobs of today will no longer exist. The volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity ushered in by this age of accelerations extends not just to our environment, politics, and communities, but our organizations as well. In response, organizations are undergoing a massive transformation in technology, structure, culture, and values - fundamentally changing not only what we work on, but how we work, and who we work with.

Where does this leave our careers?...

Ingenious Agile

Impactful Contributions-Maximize for Game-Changing Results

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Organizational alignment will make or break your agile transformation, but how confident are we on what organizational alignment really means? How many people can accurately describe their company's top three initiatives? How many people understand their role and how they can best contribute to them? What happens when we hit a new change curve with newly defined outcomes? How has knowing you are "blue" helped with those efforts so far? In this interactive session, we will explore the ways an individual, team or organization can dramatically increase the likelihood of success. How? By...

Inspired Iterations

Reframing Conflict: The Heads, Hearts, and Hands of Productive Disagreement

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

So you and your teams know that healthy conflict is a hallmark of high performing teams, right? Yet you find yourself struggling to actually live this reality. You’re likely caught in the same vicious cycle of trying to change other’s minds and being locked in heated debate with no end in sight. Whether you are a team member, coach, or manager, this session will give you practical models and techniques for understanding and navigating conflict, rather than micro-managing or ignoring it. You will learn how to help teams identify, understand, and have productive disagreement that leads to...