SVELC: Leadership Styles For Successful Agile Transformation

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Transforming an organization to become more agile requires leadership, but what kind of leadership? When? Who needs to lead? And how?

Chris Sims guides you through the process of mapping the styles of leadership that will be needed at various points in your company’s agile transformation. You will learn the six leadership styles that Daniel Goleman described in his Harvard Business Review Study "Leadership That Gets Results” and you will learn when each style is effective. We'll mix in the Satir Change Model, which describes how people and organizations process their way through change.

Participants will work in small groups to synthesize these two models, creating a map for applying different leadership styles at various points along the change curve of an agile transformation. There is no correct answer. Each group will create a map based on their experiences.

Chris will facilitate a final review of the created maps to share insights and deepen understanding.

Chris Sims

Chris Sims is a certified scrum trainer, agile coach, and recovering C++ developer who helps organizations improve their productivity and happiness.

Chris is the founder of Agile Learning Labs, , and the co-author of two best-selling scrum books: The Elements of Scrum, , and Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction, . He has published over 50 articles on agile topics at InfoQ, , and even more of his writing can be found on the Agile Learning Labs blog.

Before starting Agile Learning Labs, Chris made a living in roles such as: scrum master, product owner, engineering manager, project manager, software engineer, musician, and auto mechanic.


6:30 - 7:00 Networking / food
7:00 - 7:10 Intro
7:10 - 8:30 Presentation
8:30 - 8:35 Closing
8:35 - 8:45 Networking


Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you prefer public transport, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Ave station.