CTO-to-go. Advising, transforming, and taking on p/t acting and interim VP Engineering roles to untangle the knots in software development. Training and coaching teams and managers in agile to make engineering “hum”. Co-author of the 2013 and 2014 Study of Product Team Performance. Co-author of the Addison-Wesley book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, which reviewers are comparing with software development classics, The Mythical Man Month and Peopleware.
How do you improve your product team's performance?
As we propose this session, data from the 2014 Study of Product Team Performance is being analyzed, the third year that Actuation Consulting in association with leading industry associations in the product management, project management and engineering communities has conducted this study of the global factors that drive high performance product teams.
The 2012 Study revealed five practices that, if product teams do them, gives them a 67% likelihood of achieving high team performance. (Similarly, if they practice none of them, they'll have a miniscule 2% likelihood of achieving high team performance!).
The 2013 Study revealed rapid growth in the number of teams becoming agile - and fascinating insight into development methods and practices teams believe improve their products' profitability.
Study lead author Greg Geracie and co-author Ron Lichty will present key findings emerging from the 2014 global study of product team performance - as well as the 2012 study's five factors - and the 2013 study's guidance from teams on practices to improve profitability.
Join us and learn how you can improve your product team's performance!
Speakers: Ron Lichty
A common misconception about agile is that managers are unnecessary. After all, agile is based on self-organizing teams. If the teams organize themselves, what do managers do?
Unfortunately, most scrum training plays into that. Think about it: how many trainers or coaches have you seen sketch the structure of a scrum team with a drawing that includes a manager? While there's always a scrum master and a product owner, the core team and maybe some stakeholders, have you ever seen a manager in that drawing?
This misconception can be a problem all around: A frequently cited barrier to agile adoption is managers who don't know what to do when their teams become self-managing. When they're not included in training, how would they (or anyone else, for that matter) know how to characterize their role. At the same time, organizations often lay down expectations of managers, some compatible with agile, some not.
Agile has clearly shifted the old roles and responsibilities. Managers bent on command-and-control are clearly a barrier to agile adoption. But managers who take a hands-off approach or are treading water in a sea of ambiguity will almost certainly stymie adoption, as well.
Ron Lichty believes (and so do a lot of the early agile thought leaders) that managers have critical roles to play in enabling success, both of transitions to agile and of agile itself. This session is about those roles.
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