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The role of the manager in agile. Managing the Unmanageable by Ron Lichty

New location!!! Come join us!

We'll have tacos and snacks to munch on ...

Note: for parking purposes, please RSVP. I will need your first and last name, so if you use an abbreviation on meetup, please email Margaret your full name. Thanks!

Session Description:

 A common misconception about agile is that managers are unnecessary. After all, agile is based on self-organizing teams. If the teams organize themselves, what do managers do?

Unfortunately, most scrum training plays into that. Think about it: how many trainers or coaches have you seen sketch the structure of a scrum team with a drawing that includes a manager? While there's always a scrum master and a product owner, the core team and maybe some stakeholders, have you ever seen a manager in that drawing? 


This misconception can be a problem all around: A frequently cited barrier to agile adoption is managers who don't know what to do when their teams become self-managing. When they're not included in training, how would they (or anyone else, for that matter) know how to characterize their role. At the same time, organizations often lay down expectations of managers, some compatible with agile, some not. 


Agile has clearly shifted the old roles and responsibilities. Managers bent on command-and-control are clearly a barrier to agile adoption. But managers who take a hands-off approach or are treading water in a sea of ambiguity will almost certainly stymie adoption, as well.
Ron Lichty believes (and so do a lot of leading agile thought leaders) that managers have critical roles to play in enabling success, both of transitions to agile and of agile itself. This session is about those roles.

BIO:
Ron Lichty has been alternating between consulting with and managing software development and product organizations for over 20 years, the last 14 of those in the era of Agile.


Principal and owner of Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc. (www.RonLichty.com), he has trained teams in Scrum, transitioned teams from waterfall and iterative methodologies to agile, and coached teams already using agile to make their software development "hum". 
Ron's most recent book is Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net - co-authored with Pixar, Broderbund and Gracenote CTO Mickey W. Mantle. Published by Addison Wesley late last year, it has been compared by reviewers to software development classics, The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware


Ron has repeatedly been brought in as an acting CTO and interim vice president of engineering to solve development team challenges (www.ronlichty.com). During Ron's first three years at Charles Schwab, he led software development of the first investor tools on Schwab.com, playing a role in transforming the bricks-and-mortar discount brokerage into a premier name in online financial services. He was promoted to Schwab vice president while subsequently leading his CIO’s three-year technology initiative to migrate software development from any-language-goes to a single, cost-effective platform company-wide and nurturing Schwab's nascent efforts to leverage early Agile approaches. 
Ron has been an adviser to a half-dozen start-ups. He co-chairs SVForum’s Emerging Technology SIG; founded its Software Architecture SIG; chaired East Bay Innovation Group’s Software Management Best Practices SIG; and was a member of the board of SVForum, Silicon Valley’s largest and oldest developer organization. Ron’s developer conference and professional group talks and webinars include transforming software development from chaos to clarity; facing down the challenges of implementing agile and scrum; and recognizing the importance of teamwork and community in software development.


On March 3rd in Anchorage, Ron cross-country skied a ninth marathon with Team in Training and fulfilled a goal to, over nine seasons, raise $100,000 to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and support cancer patients and their families.

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  • Andrew W.

    Great MeetUp. Thanks, Ron, for supplying so much great follow-up material, and thanks to Margaret Motamed for organizing.

    October 25, 2013

  • Ron L.

    The slides from my Thurs eve BayScrum talk,
    The role of the manager in agile: Managing the Unmanageable
    are at:
    http://www.slideshare.net/RonLichty/becoming-an-agile-manager-bay-scrum-102413

    Thank you for participating! The talk was based in part on our book,
    Managing the Unmanageable:
    Rules, Tools & Insights for Managing Software People & Teams
    http://ManagingTheUnmanageable.net

    If you buy a copy, let me suggest starting with the "creamy center section" - the 80 pages of 300 rules of thumb and nuggets of wisdom. It takes almost no time to read a few at a time. We think you'll get immediate value. The index will help you find specific topics, whether in that section or in the chapters surrounding it. We're continuing to collect Rules of Thumb and Nuggets of Wisdom, by the way, at:
    http://www.managingtheunmanageable.net/morerulesofthumb.html
    Several near the top of the page are from agile thought leaders commenting on the critical roles played by managers. Ron Lichty

    October 25, 2013

    • Ron L.

      Onboarding importance and Agile-Waterfall credibility comparisons come from the 2013 Study of Product Team Performance, which I also coauthored. I posted a summary of the study's eye-opening findings at:
      http://ronlichty.blog...­
      The study is free. URLs to this year's study - and last year's (also worth reading) - are there, as well.

      October 25, 2013

    • Ron L.

      Agile-Waterfall credibility comparisons come from the 2013 Study of Product Team Performance, which I also coauthored. I posted a summary of the study's eye-opening findings at:
      http://ronlichty.blog...­
      The study is free. The post includes URLs to this year's study - and to last year's (also worth reading).

      Expert help to make your software development "hum", whether to advise or coach for a few hours, train teams or managers for a few days, or fill a sorely needed VPE or CTO role on an interim basis:
      http://ronlichty.com/­ - [masked]

      Training:
      “The Agile Manager”
      “Managing Software People and Teams”

      October 25, 2013

  • margaret m.

    Note: we are in the Golden Gate conference room on the 5th floor of M1. (Same address). Just park in the parking garage, follow the signs to the Lobby and we will badge and escort you in

    October 24, 2013

  • Agata Ś.

    Hi Gyus
    Would any of be so kind and give me ride to the caltrain station after the meeting?
    Much appreciated,
    Agata

    October 24, 2013

  • Andy C.

    Are there any available slots? It says "RSVP Closed", yet below that it says 36 attending, 14 spots available.

    October 24, 2013

    • margaret m.

      Andy, you can join, please come. I just set a deadline for registering people for parking within the Visa parking garage. Security needs pre-registration. I've included your name. Others will need to park somewhere else, but can still attend. Hope that makes sense

      October 24, 2013

    • Andy C.

      Thank you Margaret! See you tonight!

      October 24, 2013

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