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Esther Derby's Six Rules for Change

by Susan McIntosh on  Nov 03, 2016

Esther Derby identifies six rules to use when change needs to happen, so that the people involved are honored, and the complexity of the change is acknowledged. Creating an environment based on empathy, knowledge of the past, and a willingness to experiment, makes change less stressful.

Autonomy and Job Satisfaction

by Susan McIntosh on  Oct 20, 2016 1

Lack of autonomy at work is directly related to reduced levels of motivation and engagement, and increased levels of stress and poor health. What can leaders do to improve the sense of autonomy in individuals, thereby increasing levels of motivation and job satisfaction?

"10% Time": The Pros and Cons from Elizabeth Pope at Agile on the Beach

by Daniel Bryant on  Oct 09, 2016

At the Agile on the Beach 2016 conference, Elizabeth Pope presented “10% Time: The Pros and Cons”, and discussed her experience of devoting a percentage of work time to R&D and learning, which was popularised by Google with their ‘20% time’. Key learnings included strive to reduce barriers to entry, support non-development teams, and encourage collaboration across the organisation.

Agile Executive Forum 2016 Summary

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 26, 2016

The Agile Alliance hosted a one-day Executive Forum in San Jose, CA on September 19. The event attracted participants from around the world and a range of senior speakers from large organisations, and focused on how adopting agile development impacts companies and what executives need to do to help ensure successful cultural transformation, which is what agile adoption at scale is about.

Rethink Leadership: Being Ordinary to Accomplish Extraordinary Results

by Ben Linders on  Sep 15, 2016 1

Ordinariness in leadership can help us to accomplish extraordinary results, argues agile/lean coach Katherine Kirk. Several more people have explored approaches that suggest to rethink leadership and go back to behaviour basics for leading people. Although these approaches are about small ordinary things, their effect may cause a revolution in the way organizations are being managed.

Certified Agile Leadership Program Announced

by Ben Linders on  Aug 18, 2016

The Certified Agile Leadership program aims to increase the effectiveness of leaders by providing a learning framework for developing agile leadership competencies. An interview with Pete Behrens about the importance of leadership, changing how leaders lead and the leadership culture, leadership for self-organizing teams, and what organizations can do to develop agile leadership competencies.

Agile 2016: Steve Denning on Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile

by Angela Wick on  Aug 15, 2016

At the recent Agile 2016 Conference, leadership expert and author Steve Denning presented a fishbowl-style session focused on the topics of Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile. He covered three broad topics: Engagement of Leaders - Agile Mindset Shift in Management, Agile Adoption Challenges and Agile in the Global Economy

How to Study and Apply Ideas from Successful Organisations

by Ben Linders on  Jul 07, 2016

Studying successful organisations can inspire you and provide ideas to improve your own organisation. Helena Moore explains how reading case studies about high performance leadership and culture from organisations like Netflix, Zappos, and Virgin, and visiting organisations like Timpson has helped to understand what makes these organisations successful and to find ways to apply them.

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters, and How to Drive It

by Ben Linders on  Jun 23, 2016 2

Leveraging and harnessing different ideas, perspectives and experiences from a talented and capable workforce regardless of their organizational position and background drives effectiveness in organizations. Diversity and inclusion matters to reach business objectives and be seen as a social responsible organization.

Adopting Agile Beyond Software

by Ben Linders on  Mar 21, 2016 2

Eduardo Nofuentes talked about agile beyond software at 1st conference in Melbourne, Australia. He explored how you can deploy the agile principles and values outside software development, and gave examples of how he has used them to increase business agility when working with call centres and other non-software teams.

Agile India 2016 - Leadership Day Summary

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 20, 2016

The Agile India 2016 conference was held in Bangalore last week. InfoQ attended 4 or the 5 conference days. The theme for the first day was Leadership with two keynote talks and 22 sessions over four tracks. This article is a summary of the keynotes and a few of the sessions.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Intent-based Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Mar 03, 2016

This third post and last in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the keynote given by David Marquet at the evening seminar on leadership fit for the 21st century about intent-based leadership and the leader-leader model.

Anti-Patterns of Agile Leaders

by Ben Linders on  Feb 25, 2016 3

Regina Martins talked about anti-patterns of agile leaders at the Agile Practitioners 2016 conference. InfoQ interviewed her about what makes leadership important for agile, the key attributes that can make somebody a great leader, examples of leadership behaviour that hinder agile teams and how to deal with them, and asked her to share stories of great leadership.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Empowering People is Impossible

by Ben Linders on  Feb 18, 2016 2

This second post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Jenni Jepsen from goAgile in which she explains that we cannot empower people, and provides ideas for creating an organization where people feel empowered.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Challenges in an Agile Environment

by Ben Linders on  Jan 21, 2016

This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.

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