Lost in Collaboration – Overcoming the Challenges of Agile Teamwork

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Lost in Collaboration – Overcoming the Challenges of Agile Teamwork

Agile methods and teams are a popular choice to organize work both in Agile’s original context, i.e., software development, as well as in the IT context in general. Over the past years, more and more organizations have switched to agile methods and structures. Among these, there is a substantial share of organizations representing industries other than the “agile-typical” IT environment.

Agile methods promise a multitude of benefits, but bear plenty of challenges at the same time. These challenges mainly touch upon the interpersonal relationships, since agile substantially affects leadership and collaboration aspects: The teams bear more responsibility and have to self-organize themselves more than before, the leaders’ role and task structure adapt to the teams’ autonomy, and the customers participate to a higher extent in the product development process.

Since research on agile team collaboration from an interpersonal perspective is rather scarce, this talk is intended to give a few insights from early study results and on team collaboration in general.


Professor Dr. Martin Hoegl
Head of Institute

Institute for Leadership and Organization (ILO)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Professor Martin Hoegl is Head of the Institute for Leadership and Organization at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Before joining LMU Munich, Professor Hoegl served on the faculties of Washington State University (USA), Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, Germany). Moreover, Martin Hoegl held visiting professorships at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern Univ., USA), National Sun Yat-Sen University (Taiwan), Curtin Univ. (Perth, Australia), Portland State Univ. (USA) as well as the Univ. of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).

Professor Hoegl has extensive experience in working with executive audiences at various levels of seniority in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has conducted research projects with major companies worldwide. His work focuses on the following key areas of leadership:

- Leading People: Leadership and Teamwork, Trust and Intercultural Collaboration, Multi-Teaming and New Forms of Collaboration, Stress and Coping, Resilience and Learning from Failure

- Leading Innovation: Innovation Team Agility, Thematic Thinking and Opportunity Recognition, Idea Creation and Selection, Leading Innovation Projects, Innovation under Constraints, Sustainable Innovation

- Leading Organizations: Organizational Agility and Strategy Execution, Change Management & Organizational Transformation, Inter-organizational Collaboration, Dispersed/Virtual Organizations

Professor Hoegl has received multiple awards for teaching and research, including the Kellogg-WHU EMBA Best Teacher Award and the Richard Beckhard Prize from the MIT Sloan Management Review for the article ‘How to manage virtual teams’.


18:30: Socialising, Pizza
19:00: Talk (Professor Martin Hoegl)
19:45: Hands-on session (Steffi Kieffer)
20:30: Networking