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Leadership Styles for a Successful Scrum Adoption

Tonight's Topic:  Leadership Styles for a Successful Scrum Adoption

Discover the different leadership styles that will be needed at various points during your company’s transition to scrum. 

6:30-7:00 PM

The pizza's on us!


7:00 - 8:00 PM - The Main Event!

Leadership Styles for a Successful Scrum Adoption with Chris Sims

In this session you will learn about six different leadership styles and explore how and when they should be employed to guide your organization through a successful scrum adoption. This session builds on the research of Daniel Goleman and Virginia Satir to create a model that you will use during the session to map the styles of leadership needed at various points during your company’s adoption of scrum.

This session introduces you to the six leadership styles that Daniel Goleman described in his Harvard Business Review Study: "Leadership That Gets Results” as well as the Satir Change Model, created by Virginia Satir. Participants will work in small groups to synthesize these two models creating a map for applying differing leadership styles at various point along the change curve of a scrum adoption.  There is no one correct answer. Each group will create a map based on their experience and their organizations. During the last part of the session, each team will share and explain their map.


About Chris: Who is this Chris Sims person?

Chris Sims is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), agile coach, and recovering C++ developer who helps software development teams improve their productivity and happiness.  Chris is the founder of Agile Learning Labs, and the co-author of The Elements of Scrum.

Before starting Agile Learning Labs, Chris made a living in roles such as: ScrumMaster, Product Owner, Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Software Engineer, Musician, and Auto Mechanic.

In his spare time many moons ago - Chris founded the Agile Managers' Support Group - and hosts it whenever he's in the Bay Area!


8:15 - Group Discussion

Come prepared to share your advice and insights with your peers.Have a prickly question? Bring it!

Come join us for an evening of discussion, insight and fun!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    As usual another awesome presentation from Chris. It serves great help in learning the different types of leadership and to self analyze where we stand. I learned leaders do need to be authoritative sometimes in the beginning of a new scrum adoption. Always great to hear different perspectives from the Scrum Professionals.

    May 22, 2014

  • Margeaux Sierra B.

    I left feeling very empowered to vary my leadership styles to fit the moment and/or phase of the Scrum adoption. Until now I did not even realize that I held the belief that I had to be democratic as a Scrum Master in order to be "doing it right." It was quite freeing to chart the leadership styles against a Graph showing the adoption "rollercoaster" phases and it's only going to add more confidence to those times when being a bit more firm (aka Coercive or Authoritarian) is required to get things done or keep up adoption momentum.

    May 22, 2014

  • Abbulu D.

    Managing and adopting change is a difficult exercise. Now, armed with different leadership styles that Chris has presented, we all can adopt to change better. Be it Scrum adoption or other change, now we are better prepared to use the right leadership style. It was wonderful to hear different perspectives and insights from fellow Scrum professionals.

    May 22, 2014

  • Sharon W.

    Chris presentation on Leadership Style for a Successful Scrum Adoption was excellent. I have a better understanding of how to use the Change Model and to see the big picture of what is going on with changes and how to strategy the next moves.

    May 22, 2014

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