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Mindful Leadership within Agile: Revolutionary Leadership for a Turbulent World

  • Nov 13, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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As agile and related methods become the de-facto approaches for product development, managers are faced with challenges as their organizations attempt to adapt. Complicating matters, we are dealing with ever-increasing amounts of change and complexity: new business demands, regulatory requirements, and technology improvements. Given all of this complexity and the uncertainty that comes along with it, managers are left having to answer the pivotal question:

"How do I manage and lead effectively in such a complex world?"

This presentation is an introduction to a learning journey towards becoming a more effective manager and leader. Examining the complex nature of our work, we will explore systems thinking and systems frameworks. We will practice with a few basic tools and approaches that will help us begin to lead in our increasingly-complex workplace.

Key takeaways for managers and leaders:

  • Learn about new management challenges (and opportunities) as teams adopt agile principles
  • Help your teams to succeed despite increasing amounts of change
  • Improve decision making for your teams and organization
  • Begin to lead and catalyze change in your organization at a reasonable pace

About the Presenter:

Tom Looy is an Agile Coach with BigVisible. Tom has been a Project Manager and IT Director for the past 15 years of his 21 years of IT experience. For the last eight years Tom has been a full time Lean/Agile Project Manager and Coach for ThoughtWorks, Tacit Knowledge and now with BigVisible. As an Agile Project Manager Tom’s clients have included Allstate Insurance, DestinyUSA, Washington Mutual Bank and Barclays Global Investing. As a Lean/Agile Coach, Tom pioneered the adoption of Agile development and project management practices as Director of Pharmacy Systems at Longs Drugs Stores. He has also coached project teams, programs and entire divisions for companies such as Kodak Gallery,, Williams Sonoma, LogLogic and Visa. With BigVisible Tom has worked with Nike and Autodesk.

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  • anu r.

    The message that Tom was delivering came together very well. It was informing and inspiring. I think the model is applicable across a variety of challenges we face in leading in an agile environment. Since this was the first time Tom was presenting this, I'm guessing its structure will evolve. I look forward to hearing more as it does.

    November 21, 2012

  • Jonathan Y.

    The deck looks great. I'd love to watch the presentation, was it recorded?

    November 19, 2012

  • Pamela J.

    great presentation tom, thank you! will the slides be posted here?

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was a very interesting lecture on agile's possibilities for changing the world, through effective use of agile leadership . . . i would have enjoyed more interaction and discussion.

    November 14, 2012

  • Steve M.

    Thoughtful integration of perspectives applied to the problem of 'making agile transformation stick'.

    November 14, 2012

  • Elina R.

    Challenging topic with lots of material to process - great work Tom!

    November 14, 2012

  • Tom L.

    Thanks everyone for your feedback last night on the presentation.

    BayALN is a great organization because of the mindful leaders that actively participate.

    November 14, 2012

  • Jason N.

    It was insightful. I came in not knowing what to expect or if the topic was relevant to me, but walked away with new knowledge. Tom Looy did a great job!

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The parking lot is the one on the same block as the building, entrance on King St. Remember to take your ticket with you. Security will validate at their desk.

    November 13, 2012

  • Michael M.

    Which parking lot is the one that Adobe validates?

    November 13, 2012

  • Chuck F.

    Great topic. Unfortunately, I've got another appointment.

    November 12, 2012

  • Aaron S.

    Both Tom and a great topic, Im there!!!

    1 · October 23, 2012

  • Wendy

    How long will this event last?

    August 28, 2012

  • Gail F.

    Looking forward to having the meeting at Adobe again :) Great location!

    September 5, 2012

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