Agile + DevOps West 2019 Concurrent Session : Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking


Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking

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Join Al Shalloway when he discusses the critical role that managers have in Agile adoptions. While teams need to self-organize, they need to do so in an effective eco-system which enables them to collaborate, communicate, and work across teams-effectively. Creating such an eco-system is management’s responsibility. Lean-thinking tells us to focus on the systems where the people are operating. We can do this because we trust them to be motivated and do their best. Lean provides a holistic view for the work done in an organization, which is even more important when a company doesn’t already have an Agile culture. In this case, management must consider that it’s easier for people to work their way into a new way of thinking than think their way into a new way of working. The role of the manager in Agile is to understand the principles of flow and how they can make their people more effective by giving them the right environment within which to communicate, collaborate and effectively get their work done. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the responsibilities of management in Agile as well as why good systems are critical.

Alan Shalloway
Net Objectives

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With almost 50 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, SAFe, portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas. Al has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped Net Objectives' clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He is the primary author of 5 books and is currently writing his sixth entitled Achieving Business Agility at All Scales: Transforming Youru Organization with Lean-Thinking and Lean-Agile Patterns. Al has worked in literally dozens of industries over his career. He co-founded Lean-Kanban University although he is no longer affiliated with them. He has a Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T. as well as a Masters in Mathematics from Emory University.