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Agile Leadership Summit

"Increasing Leadership Mastery"
Thursday, June 8 • 5:30 pm–7:30 pm and Friday, June 9  • 8:30 am–4:00 pm

As leaders, we often put our teams and organizations first. We have a responsibility to foster continuous learning and improvement. The trick is introducing change in a way that is lasting, effective—and not invasive. If this were easy, it would not be called leading. So, where do you start? With you! Take the time and challenge yourself to increase your leadership mastery.

Agile Leadership Summit participants learn from and work with experienced agile leaders who have led lasting change and produced a thriving agile culture. Learn ways to both challenge your personal leadership growth and lead challenges for your organization including communication interpretations, antifragile approaches, visual data information radiators, and more.

Tricia Broderick, who works with leadership teams to foster high performance, is the program chair and your facilitator for the Agile Leadership Summit. Tricia guides participants, working in small groups, to gain insight into their biggest challenges. Tricia is an agile coach and trainer with Agile For All.

Paul Hammond, as a senior product and technology leader at both eBay and Microsoft, has helped his teams and the greater organizations transform to an agile mindset. Paul shares his leadership highlights and the vital leadership lessons learned along his journey of simplicity, discipline, and clarity

Todd Holden, director of IT product development for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, is an exceptional leader. He shares his experience of his journey embracing agile leadership within the public sector.

Dave Hussman and Bob Galen are experienced agile coaches who have supported numerous leaders to increase not only their personal mastery but their team’s mastery as well. Their success is based on years of deep practice—how leaders communicate; how leaders respond to conflict; and how to breed an agile mindset in yourself, your teams, customers, and organization.

Bring your challenges, experiences, curiosity, and an open mind. Leave with a list of things you can work on immediately—and other breakthrough ideas for the long term.

Friday, June 9

David Hussman

Impact over Progress: Learning from Evidence over Following the Process

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Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:45am to 10:15am

All too often, David Hussman finds that teams are overly certain that “following a process” equates with finding success. For many of these teams and organizations, their focus is on progress over product, running the risk of getting the wrong thing done faster. Expect to be challenged by examining whether you are leading process adoption rather than impact produced. Explore how leaders can support the practices that are working, challenge the practices that are not working, and convert team goals to make real change for the organization in the form of better products, better user...

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The Triumph of Simplicity, Discipline, and Clarity

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Friday, June 9, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

As a leader it can be difficult—whether in times of change or in times of relative stability—to stay centered and focused on what is important. The “noise” around you can be deafening and the pace can make your head spin. Paul Hammond has tried many approaches, both for himself and for his teams, to manage this sensory overload. A number of tactical methods have helped, but he has found he always returns to and relies on three core evergreen principles—simplicity, discipline, and clarity. Join Paul to gain insight into what each of these means to him with examples of situations where...

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Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

Leadership Coaching Dojo: A Chance to Practice What You Preach

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Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

A recent Harvard Business Review article referenced a survey in which 70 percent of leaders reported being uncomfortable with employee conversations. And these were simple conversations—not crucial or pivotal conversations. It is no surprise that most leaders really struggle as they engage in difficult conversations such as individual employee or team performance improvement discussions or those challenging leadership assumptions. Bob Galen says that these are the very conversations you need to have as you envision, engage, and guide your teams through the changes toward a successful agile...

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Todd Holden
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Agile Leadership in the Public Sector

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Friday, June 9, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Less than a decade ago Gartner reported that 75 percent of large-scale government IT projects resulted in failure. In 2014, government software project failures such as again called national attention to this continuing problem in the public sector. To become more responsive, many federal, state, and local agencies began using agile software delivery methods. Yet, public service leaders still struggle to embrace new ways of thought or challenging long-term processes to instill agility into the public sector culture. Todd Holden examines what he sees as a fundamental thought-...

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