For three decades, agile methods have been evolving in advanced digital information technology organizations. But many traditional businesses in the banking, insurance, health care and government sectors are just recently seeking to reap the benefits of agile product development. A cadre of true Servant Leaders at all levels is crucial to achieving next generation digital transformation. Going digital requires culture change that integrates Agile, DevOps, and collaborative planning between business and technology groups. Leading edge CEOs provide current examples for how Agile Servant Leadership based on transparency, participation, and open community achieves success in today’s great organizations. These cases describe how servant leaders enable speed and agility at digital scale. Product Owners and Scrum Masters with an agile mindset are empowered to provide an innovative digital vision and remove obstacles for stakeholders across the entire enterprise. This presentation shows how 21st century Servant Leaders keep challenging team members to BE Agile, not just DO Agile!
John N. Leonard, PhD, PMP, PMI-ACP, SMC, ITIL, TKP, DTM
Cognizant Technology Solutions Cary, NC
John Leonard is an Agile Coach and Digital Program Manager for Cognizant’s Digital Engineering Agile Practice. Based in RTP, he has 20 years of client-facing IT experience for large globally distributed Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations. John has successfully led large scale programs and technical projects from initiation through delivery in software development, hardware engineering, solution architecture, infrastructure deployment, telephony, data centers, and disaster recovery planning as an Agile Delivery Manager, Scrum Master, Program/Project Manager, Continuity Planner, and IT Portfolio Analyst. John is also a US Coast Guard senior military veteran, as well as a prize-winning author of 25 technical papers in diverse professional journals. https://twitter.com/johnleonardnc
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