2 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Agile Managers Workshop
This is an online workshop.
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 2 – 5:30 pm EDT
Here is a quick summary of the Agile Managers workshop. (We also have “intro” webinars to discuss and explain more.)
Goal: To help you become a better Agile manager, to help you in your career, and to enable you as a leader to improve the lives of the people you work with.
Some quick points:
- We want 10 to 18 Agile managers or executives in the workshop.
- This is for managers of different types. People managing, say, four Agile teams (a.k.a. front-line managers), and people managing 20-50 Agile teams (a.k.a. senior managers or CEOs of small firms) for example.
- We will accept a few experienced Agile coaches who want to become Agile managers.
- KEY: Learn from each other by helping one another. We will help each other in many ways. In exercises, in discussions, in role plays, etc. We will try to make these as real life as possible (yes, you can change the names to protect the innocent).
- There will be some role-playing, but with realistic situations, often brought to the workshop by the participants. This will not include “hard” role-playing (if you have seen what I mean).
- We will typically have three main topics.
- Timing will be 3.5 hours — about an hour for each topic, and some social time.
- The leader’s role is to organize the workshop and you all, set the stage, curate and add opinions. A lot of value is in getting to know, and in working with, the other participants.
- We expect to add an outside coach to each session, who will add his or her own content, topics, and energy.
- Price: For now, online, $400 per session. We expect to have a session every other month.
The session will be challenging in some ways, and we ask you to be as honest as you can with your peers. We hope this will become a stable group and trust will increase within the group.
Participants must apply. The application is simple (see below). A few questions and maybe your LinkedIn page or something similar. Anyone can nominate a participant. So, we might reach out to some managers (after a suggestion) and ask them to apply.
To the degree possible, we will allow the participants to help choose the content or topics.
Some sample topics:
- How do we define the role of the Agile Manager?
- How to start an Agile Transformation effort (better)
- If the teams are self-managing, what does a manager do?
- What are some organizational patterns regarding managers?
- Let’s discuss our problems today with scaling? (i.e., 3+ teams working together on one project)
- How do we engage the business (more)?
- Looking at broader organizational patterns, how do we “structure” Agile in the organization? What do we start / go to next?
You can register on this page now. Please also complete short application. If you are not accepted (more likely, not accepted for this specific session), we will discuss this, and we will refund your money if you want. You can also apply first and pay once accepted.
Learning and Evolution
We expect this workshop to evolve. We especially expect that topics to vary, session to session. We are also open to your ideas and feedback about how this workshop might evolve or be presented. Please do give us feedback or suggestions, now or at any time.
You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Here is the application: Application for the Agile Managers workshop V2
We partly expect to accept everyone (this may not be true), but certainly we recommend you do not worry about the application. We mainly want a short statement and then your LinkedIn URL (or something similar).
I do hope later, as thus becomes better known, we will have just “too many” applicants, and will need to make some adjustment (perhaps start a second section).
For now, we want a good cohort that everyone can learn from, and not too imbalanced towards one kind of person (one example: too many junior managers from one type of organization).
Joe Little is an Agile-Scrum Trainer (CST) and coach. He has been delivering courses and webinars for years, and now delivers many courses and workshops online, including the CSM, CSPO, and A-CSM courses and the ARP workshops. Find more information here.
Please note: We expect to invite other session leaders from time to time. And specifically for this session.
Please register on this page. See the Register button above right. Contact us if you have any questions.