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AgileCamp New York 2017: 

How Does Middle Management Fit In An Agile Organization?  

Beyond “Easy Agile”: How to Overcome the Challenges of Adopting Agile in Established Enterprises

September 25, 2017









Mark Lines     

      Scott W Ambler 

Hope you were able to join us on September 25, 2017 for AgileCamp New York Metro for a day of learning and Networking!

Mark Lines presents: How Does Middle Management Fit In An Agile Organization?

In an increasingly agile world, do we still need middle managers?  Clearly we do, but middle management and HR departments must adapt or never meet the promise of highly motivated and productive teams.  Some of the changes required may be considered quite radical when compared to traditional HR practices.  But without these changes you will have difficulty attracting and retaining the talent you need.

In this talk, Mark Lines provided an overview of trends we see in organizational design, career paths, the new role of middle management, and some progressive ideas regarding compensation and performance management.

Scott W Ambler presents: Beyond “Easy Agile”: How to Overcome the Challenges of Adopting Agile in Established Enterprises

Many agile methods and strategies are geared towards small teams working in reasonably straightforward situations. That’s great work if you can get it. Most organizations that are adopting agile today have been in operations for decades and sometimes centuries. They are typically dealing with significant investments in legacy systems and processes that won’t go away any time soon. They have an existing culture that is usually not-as-agile as it could be and an organization structure that puts up many roadblocks to collaboration. Their staff members are often overly specialized and many people do not have skills in agile software development techniques, and there are many thoughts as to what needs to be done to improve things, the adoption of agile being one of many. This is certainly not the startup company environment that we keep hearing about.

Scott discussed during the presentation: 

• The challenges faced by established enterprises

• Enterprise agile in practice – OR - Thinking outside of the Scrum and SAFe boxes

• Pragmatic agile over purist agile

• The people-process-tools triad – Or – Going beyond focusing on being agile

• The skills of an enterprise team coach

• The skills of an enterprise executive coach

• The reality of working with some of your IT teams – OR – Prepare for anything from open arms to a multi-year, running gun battle

Come and discover why agile is different in established enterprises. Learn how to overcome common enterprise roadblocks to agile adoption, and how agile software development works in enterprises. Discover what it means to coach in established enterprises.

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