Thinking About Servant Leadership and Agile Project Management

For many people, agile means an end to all project management. I disagree. I find value in servant leadership in project management. I explain how you can think about servant leadership and agile project management in my projectmanagement.com column this month: Servant Leadership: The Agile Way. If you are looking to increase your servant leadership and help your project team (or program), check out the Influential Agile...

Public Workshops in 2016

I have several public workshops this year. I’m offering the Influential Agile Leader with Gil Broza April 6-7, 2016 in Boston and May 4-5, 2016 London. If you have not read some of my writing about leadership, take a look at these previous newsletters: ▪ Lead Your Agile Transition Through Influence ▪ Creating an Environment of Leadership ▪ Discovering Your Leadership Early bird registration for Influential Agile Leader ends Feb 29, 2016. In addition, I am offering these online workshops in March: * Practical Product Ownership * Writing Non-Fiction Workshop 1 Super early bird registration ends January 15, 2016. I hope you decide to join me and we can learn...

Architects as Servant Leaders

As more teams and organizations transition to agile, they discover something important about leadership. Leadership is part of everything we do in an agile project. It doesn’t matter if it’s development or testing, management or architecture. We need people with high initiative and leadership capabilities. That leads me to these questions: We need project management. Do we need project managers? We need management. Do we need managers? We need architecture. Do we need architects? As with all interesting questions, often the answers are, “It depends.” What do those people do? How do they do it? In December, I gave a talk, “Agile Architect as Servant Leader” for IASA. That talk outlines some of the ways agile architects might work as servant leaders. See the slides: Agile Architect as Servant Leader. There is more about servant leadership in Agile and Lean Program Management, for program managers, program product owners, and architects. Here is the link to the recording: Agile Architect as Servant...

People: Resilience Creators, Not Resources

I’ve been traveling, teaching, speaking and consulting all over the world. I keep encountering managers who talk about the “resources.” They mean people, and they say “resources.” That makes me nuts. I blogged about that in People Are Not Resources. (I have other posts about this, too, but that’s a good one.) I finally determined what we might call people. People are “resilience creators.” They are able to recognize challenges, concerns, or problems, and adjust their behavior. People solve problems so the project can continue and deliver the product. People fix problems so that customer support or sales can make the user experience useful. People deliver products and/or services (or support the people who do) so that the company can continue to employ other people, deliver the company’s work, and acquire/retain customers. We want resilient companies (and projects and environments). When we encounter a hiccup (or worse) we want the work to continue. Maybe not in the way it did before. Maybe we need to change something about what we do or how we do it. That’s fine. You hired great people, right? People can solve problems so that the company can be resilient. To me, that means that the people are resilience creators, not “resources.” People create resilience when they have the ability to solve problems because you asked them for results. People create resilience when they understand the goals of the work. People create resilience when they have the ability to work together, in a holistic way, not in competition with each other. What would you rather have in your organization: resources or resilience...

Embracing the Zen of Program Management

The lovely folks at Thoughtworks interviewed me for a blog post, Embracing the Zen of Program Management.  I hope you like the information there. If you want to know about agile and lean program management, see Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization. In beta...