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We all know that Middle Managers are the sheriff in any Agile Western. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. Often ugly. This session will explore aspects of their role in an Agile Organisation.
- The Good (BackLog)
Middle managers should be ensuring that you adopt the right approach to filling the backlog. We will introduce the Cynefin Framework to identify the appropriate approach to filling the backlog for your context. There is a fun exercise to make this real!
- The Bad (Risk)
Middle Managers should be the "Catcher in the Rye". Instead of imposing process, they should identify risks that need to be managed, and then coach the teams to acquire the skills to manage the risk. You will get practice at this in this part of the session.
- The Ugly (Culture)
Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast. It also eats Change initiatives, Good intention and the Will to live in many of us. The problem with Culture is that it is invisible to us. Play a game called Given-When-Then to help you see your culture, and to decide on what needs to be done so that your Manager can house train it so that it doesn't ruin everyone's fun.
*All workshops are limited. The sessions are on a first come first serve basis.
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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly [Workshop]
Richard has been a Product Manager since 2007. In that time he’s worked on B2B and B2C products with a mix of HIPPO- and product-led backlogs. Having become frustrated with Product Management often being a sink or swim discipline, he’s joined Tesco as an Agile Coach to start adapting the techniques and principles that have served Software Development well to the Product world.
Chris Matts has over 10 years of experience in investment banking including strategy work as a practitioner rather than as a consultant. His specialist areas are real options, IT risk management, business value and agile analysis. He has been working in exotic credit derivatives for the past few years.