Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Self-Care for Agile Leaders


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Self-Care for Agile Leaders

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Servant leadership is a wonderful aspiration. Serving your team, serving your peers, serving your leaders, and serving your organization. It’s an ego-less and selfless posture and central to the agile mindset. But what often can get lost in all of this service is…service to oneself. And placing service to self above the others so that we can serve them all the better. In this collaborative session, participants will deeply explore the notion of leadership self-care. Delve into several aspects of it, exploring the notion as more than simply taking time off or exercising. Attendees as a group, will create a much richer landscape in taking care of yourself. Then take a step back and look at what gets in the way of our self-care. What are the blockers and impediments from ourselves, our teams, and our organizational culture? Discuss ways to overcome those impediments and explore a self-care canvas. Each attendee will spend a bit of quiet and reflection time filling in a part of the canvas. The session will close sharing some of the discovery and Aha’s from the group.

Bob Galen

Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG a boutique agile coaching firm. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CAL I trainer, and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published three agile-centric books: Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2012, Scrum Product Ownership, 3rd Edition in 2019, and Agile Reflections in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcasterBob may be reached directly at [email protected] or networking via LinkedIn