Get those managers out of my way! #ManagersAreIndividualsToo

Apr 26, 2018 · Cape Town, South Africa

We are really excited to have Antoinette Coetzee leading this month's Meetup.

How often have you heard agilists say managers "don't get Agile"? At the same time not a lot of agilists have been in management roles, so could we also say "Agile people don't get management"?

Let's face it, agilists and traditional management look at the world very differently. Yet if we as agilists want to help create agile enterprises we not only have to understand the world a manager lives in, we need to develop compassion with them as individuals.

If you are keen to develop your ability to support managers on their Agile journey, join Antoinette, an Agile coach who has been in a management position herself. Let's look at our own biases around power and authority and how that influences our interactions. Expect to walk away with a deeper understanding of the specific challenges managers face when transitioning to an Agile way of working, increased compassion for managers and a coaching approach to truly meet them where they are.

Learning Outcomes:

- Insight into how managers spend their time
- Understanding the challenges of managers in the average organisation
- Compassion for the transformation managers have to go through in Agile organisations
- Awareness of personal blind spots, especially with regards to power/authority/bosses
- How to meet managers where they are and coach them through the change

About the speaker:

From Antoinette: "My background is technical – I came to Agile through Martin Fowler and XP way back in 1996, so for many years I worked as a team member in Agile vendor teams internationally. A lot of the work I have done as coach is with software teams, breaking down barriers between traditional roles and finding better ways for teams to grow together and develop quality software. My own development over the last few years focused on professional coaching, change management and facilitation. I chose to specialise in Organisational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). Along with extensive Agile Coaching training from the Agile Coaching institute (Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd) this has widened the scope of my work to include enterprise transformation in general."

A very big thank you to Allan Gray for sponsoring the venue. We are still in need of sponsorship for drinks and food, so please get in touch should your company wish to get involved.

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  • Cape Town Scrum User Group - SUGSA

    This group is for anyone interested in Agile software development. We have a monthly talk that covers all topics from Agile Software development aimed at all levels. If you are a scrum master, product owner developer, analyst or anyone interacting with teams who develop software come and share in learnings from the community.

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