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The Human Side of Agile

How to Help Your Team Deliver

As an Agile team leader, your biggest challenge is also your biggest asset.

The human side of Agile is tricky. It’s the least manageable, understood, and appreciated asset in an Agile environment. Even if your customers are reasonably happy and your developers seem to be doing okay, you know your team is capable of more: delivering great products and staying ahead of ever-changing demands.

You need a team that’s self-organized, energetic, and flexible, even in tough situations. But how do you build it and lead it?

Whether you’re a ScrumMaster, project manager, functional manager, or team leader, you want to feel good about using Agile and create the conditions for great results. But the project management skills you honed in traditional environments don’t always apply to the role of Agile team leader. The Human Side of Agile fills this gap, guiding you to:

  • Establish yourself as a confident and capable leader who adds value
  • Build and lead an engaged team that can handle almost any challenge
  • Cultivate collaboration and a continuous improvement mindset
  • Reap the full benefits of Agile in the real world with real people
About the Author(s)
Gil Broza

Gil Broza helps organizations turn their software development teams into engaged, productive, and trusted Agile delivery partners. He also supports non-software colleagues in creating real business agility in their teams. He has helped close to 100 organizations make Agile work well in their unique contexts by using his Right-Fit Agile system, which focuses on what really matters for Agile: mindset, culture, and leadership. Companies also invite Gil for specialized support, such as strategic assessments, facilitation of large collaborative events, and keynotes for internal conferences. Gil’s best-selling book, The Agile Mind-Set, helps practitioners become truly Agile about their work. His earlier book, The Human Side of Agile, guides Agile leaders in growing and supporting their teams to outstanding performance. His ground-breaking new book, Agile for Non-Software Teams, helps managers consider, design, start, and cultivate Agile ways of working in non-software functions. Gil is a sought-after speaker, having spoken at over 50 conferences and corporate events. He has served three times as track chair for the Agile 20xx conferences and written extensively about Agile for Prior to founding 3P Vantage in 2009, Gil worked as a senior developer and R&D manager for over a decade. His formal education is in computer science and mathematics, having earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Gil lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and twins.

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