Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking
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.