Agile Manager

Scrum radically changes what we need from our managers. The manager must be a performance coach, cultural influencer, organizational architect, team stakeholder, and remover of productivity impediments. The agile manager must not be a micromanager or taskmaster. Managers wield the power that can either grow high performing teams, or keep you stuck in old ways. This two-day experiential workshop covers the skills needed to be an effective manager in an agile organization.

Topics include:

  • How scrum changes the manager role
  • Creating a healthier company culture
  • Overcoming us vs. them dynamics
  • Performance review and improvement
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Leadership styles
  • Coaching skills
  • Active listening
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Scrum at scale
  • Agile metrics

What to expect:

Our instructional style is highly interactive, so you will be moving about, participating in games and simulations. Participation in any physical exercise is, of course, optional; in fact the role of “observer” is quite valuable! Feel free to participate at your ability and comfort levels.

When do we start and end each day? The classroom opens at 8:30 AM each day and class will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. We will end at 5:00 PM each day.

What should I bring?¬†Yourself. You won’t need a laptop, but you are free to bring one. And yes, there is wifi so you can check your email.

Should I buy your book first? No need; you will receive a bound copy of our book, The Elements of Scrum . This book is a field guide to the real-world application of scrum, and reading it after the training will help cement your knowledge. If you just can’t wait, you can buy a copy of the book right here. In the meantime, you can read an excerpt here that chronicles a week in the life of a scrum team.


Either our Certified Scrum Master or The Elements Of Scrum Workshop should be taken before this workshop.

Feel free to email us if you have more questions about the workshop.

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