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Wednesday, May 24 • 16:30 - 17:00
Patterns for Making Leadership Happen and Building Self-Organizing Agile Teams

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We want to give an introduction to our recent endeavors in introducing pattern into the area of making leadership happen and building self-organizing Agile teams.

The reason for us to spend the time and energy in this area is very simple: With all the theories and frameworks in building leadership and self-organizing Agile teams, we are simply lost in how to make those beautiful things really happen in reality in a practical way, with specific, step-by-step tools. Taking me for example, though I was offered a number of trainings on leadership and Agile transformation topics, when I stepped into my new role of Agile team R&D leader, my confidence level was still quite low and was in desperate need of practical guidance to start my journey (actually I am looking for something like "1st-month manual for Agile SW team leader", but I failed). And I am sure I am not the only Agile team leader with this pain.

Then my “ah-hah” moment came when I attended Linda's workshop in XP2015 and then read the book "Fearless Change" by Linda and Mary. It was my first time to realize the power of pattern outside design pattern area. As a former software developer, I find that applying those change patterns in introducing my new ideas in my team is equally powerful and effective as applying those classical design patterns in crafting an elegant piece of software. Immediately, I was inspired to seek the possibility of introducing pattern into the area of making leadership happen and build self-organizing Agile team to capture those successful solutions/practices to recurring problems as I faced. Why not?

In fact, the effort turns out to be worthwhile. Our experience of capturing successful solutions/practices into patterns and applying those patterns so far has shown quite positive results. Collaborating with my colleagues in Nokia, leaders from other software companies, and other Agile practitioners in local communities, we have together summarized a number of leadership patterns which are organized around four key pillars to achieve high performance leadership in Agile teams (which we call “4P leadership framework” – Purpose, People, Performance, and Personality). For each leadership pattern, there is a structured way to document it including a name, background, problems to solve, constraints, practical solutions and known cases of applying the pattern.

The early feedback for those leadership patterns has been quite encouraging. After presenting this topic in local Agile community gatherings and national software industry summit, people are interested in learning more about those patterns and inspired to apply them. We have also received positive feedback after people try those patterns in their team and organization. More important, new leadership patterns, not surprisingly, have been added to our repository when the audiences start to summarize their own patterns – patterns are alive in this manner.

So in this talk, I want to take this opportunity to share our thinking in this topic and those leadership patterns we have so far (maybe some of them due to time limit) to a wider audience. And I am expecting something interesting to happen.

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Peng Liu

R&D Manager, NOKIA

Wednesday May 24, 2017 16:30 - 17:00 CEST
Ballroom B 1st Floor