Agile + DevOps East 2023 Tutorial: The Craft of Highly-Effective Agile Leadership

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

The Craft of Highly-Effective Agile Leadership

Based on the learning objectives from the iCAgile, Leading with Agility workshop, this ½ day version will explore the craft of agile leadership in guiding your journey to becoming a catalyst leader. Along the way, we'll explore the why of leading with agility, how to develop and grow your personal agility, tactics for developing and deepening your organizational relationships, and approaches for leading cultural and organizational transformation. Critical topics include your responsibility in shaping a culture that is inclusive, safe, empowered, aligned, and results/impact-focused. We also focus on the importance of providing Radical Candor in all directions and how to identify and leverage your strengths as an inspirational leader who truly walks their talk. And organizational dynamics like scaling, teaming models, and organizational alignment will also be covered. This is a collaborative workshop, so you'll get several chances to engage with peers in your learning journey. You'll leave the workshop with new insights and a roadmap for improving your own agile leadership chops.

Mary Thorn
S&P Global Ratings

During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile transformations. Mary's expertise is a combination of agile scaling, agile testing, and DevOps, which her clients find incredibly valuable. Mary is also the chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality and an avid keynote and conference speaker on all things agile and agile testing.

Natalia Kuzmina
S&P Global Ratings

Natalia Kuzmina, PhD is a Head of Agile Practices at S&P Global Ratings division focusing on successfully leading large-scale Agile Transformations, Enterprise Agile coaching, mentoring, and teaching. Being a passionate Agilist, Technologist, and a creative problem-solver, Natalia promotes sustainable development with the people first culture. Always leading with purpose and empathy, Natalia fosters Agile values, principles, practices and is a highly motivated lifelong learner.