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Your Agile Leadership Journey: Leading People, Managing Paradoxes

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Hello Agilists,

I would like to invite you to join me for our March meetup. I am excited to have Paul Boos with us to facilitate a session titled: Your Agile Leadership Journey: Leading People, Managing Paradoxes.


When the people of an organization embark on their quest for increased agility, they are essentially begin working on the opposite side of a paradox that has been ignored. Often times, though as they take their journey, they begin experiencing the downside of now ignoring the the traditional, control-based approach and there is an outcry to revert. A dilemma is created.

What are these paradoxes? Well, the first four you encounter are described in the Agile Manifesto’s values. If one could have both sides of the “over” statements easily, we’d take them. Successfully maximizing the appropriate upsides of each side of these values while minimizing the downsides becomes a swinging pendulum to manage. This becomes key to leading others in your organization. If you are a manager, team leader, or executive trying help your organization get traction, then this session will provide some new insights into how to balance change with stability.

These four values are just the start of the paradoxes that will emerge as you take your journey. This workshop will help you use a technique called Polarity Management to help manage the upsides and downsides of this balancing act so that you can lead people effectively. Once out in the open, dilemmas created with a swing one way or another become easier to handle and perhaps can even be avoided.


Paul is an IT Executive Coach with Excella Consulting helping managers and teams improve their game. He focuses on pragmatic ways Agile, Lean, and leadership techniques can applied to make organizations more effective. Paul has led small teams to large groups as a development manager and coached numerous organizations in the private and public sectors. As an active Agile community member, he has founded numerous groups to help coaches and Scrum Masters including the Agile Influencers of DC and the Games for Agility, Learning, and Engagement (GALE-DC). He serves as the chair for the Agile Alliance's Agile Coach Camp Initiative. He designs and develops games and workshops to help teams, coaches, and managers learn new approaches, improve their effectiveness, and help make work more fun.


6:30 - 7:00 Food and Networking
7:00 – 8:30 Play (learn and have fun)


1. Please head toward parking garage (located next to CapitalOne building) and let Security know that you are with Agile NOVA. Security will direct you to visitors parking.

2. Once parked proceed to P3 to enter the building then check in with security officer on duty (security desk located inside the building).

Thanks to Capital One for hosting the space and providing the food.