Villified Managers: Agile & Management = Antonyms?

Managers are the problem. At least that is what the Agile literature often claims. Is there even room for management in Agile?

As agile methodologies developed further and expanded their remit, it very quickly became clear that not only IT is afflicted by the same kind of frustration that initially spawned its invention. In fact I am very certain that every organisation in the world could benefit from it.

In this talk I will present a bit of general theory behind the practice of management in today's society of information workers. I will follow up with a few proven hands-on practices that you can take away and immediately apply to your organisation. My aim is to help you make your organisation a bit more effective and much more human!

This talk targets everyone who itches for inspiring management; managers on every level, development managers, project managers, product owners, agile coaches, scrum masters, developers, testers, business analysts and general employees disillusioned with traditional management models.

Check out Michael's upcoming training course in Agile Management & Leadership if you are interested in learning more.


About the speaker: Michael loves seeing software and product development from a human perspective. He has had a passion for all things digital since his first Amstrad CPC 464 and started freelancing at the age of 14. Once a developer, now an agile coach he has successfully coached teams in Europe, North America and Asia.


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  • Mikey C.

    For anyone who is interested in learning more about Complexity Thinking and Agile Leadership and Management, here is a link to my training course in June

    May 13, 2013

  • Mikey C.

    Thank you all for coming to my talk and the awesome feedback! I've uploaded the slides: Let me know if you have any more questions!

    May 10, 2013

  • Collin

    Really enjoyed the presentation and the discussion. Mikey, you provided some really good reference material which I look forward to digging into.

    May 10, 2013

  • Glenn S.

    Interesting to hear someone else's ideas about this subject and I agree agile people often make managers the bad guy. Lots of references to other people's thinking and strong challenges from the audience on some of the suggestions.

    May 10, 2013

  • Lynn (Myrick) R.

    Thanks, Mikey, for a thought-provoking discussion. I'm going to explore a bit about Complexity Theory now, and I love the idea of the 360 Feedback Poker and will look for ways to use that.

    May 10, 2013

  • Mike

    Great talk

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Arif B.


    May 9, 2013

  • James B.

    An interesting talk and set of ideas. Could have handled (challenging) audience interaction a bit better though.

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Kelvin H.

    I'm unwell so will be unable to make it.

    May 8, 2013

  • Mikey C.

    The talk is confirmed to start at 18:30. However, we expect a rather large turnout so be sure to be on time (if not early) to get a seat! The talk is likely going to be in one of the rooms upstairs.

    May 7, 2013

  • Mikey C.

    OK, signups are open now. Please sign up at in addition to this site!

    April 9, 2013

    • Melody K.

      Hi Mikey, I can't make this now but can't find out how to cancel on SkillsMatter? Melody

      May 7, 2013

    • Mikey C.

      Hi Melody, I'm afraid there is no good way to update your RSVP on the Skills Matter site. You'd have to email them, I'm afraid :(

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me in!!

    April 27, 2013

  • John-Edward

    Looking forward to this!

    April 12, 2013

  • Melody K.

    Exactly the talk I need!!

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to it!

    April 12, 2013

  • Paul J.

    I am looking forward to hearing what Mikey has to say... should be very interesting!

    April 11, 2013

    • Mikey C.

      Hi Jarvis, thanks for signing up. I'm equally excited about the talk! Skills Matter only just got their link working. Would you please mind signing up on their website as well? Cheers, Mikey

      April 11, 2013

  • Arif B.

    Why are rsvps opening so late?

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Arif B.

      Cool no probs, thanks for explaining!

      April 5, 2013

    • Mikey C.

      Sorry, there has been a bit of a cock-up on the Skills Matter side of things. They had to re-schedule my talk to the 9 May. Hope that still works for you!

      April 11, 2013

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