Abstract/Description

You don't have to know Monty Python to understand leadership, but it helps. The pioneering comedy troupe’s surreal and satirical work held a mirror up to society reflecting how individuals, groups, organizations, and societies function. While delivered humorously, there are many keen insights and lessons for the Agile leader who aspires to create an environment in which people become empowered.

This session combines select audio and visual from the Python’s body of work with observations and analysis from the speaker’s experience as: Agile leaders, coaches, and consultants to examine patterns and anti-patterns in the following areas:

- Leader’s Approach to Failure and Blame
- The Importance of Communicating Effectively
- Focusing on Outcomes over Activities
- Command and Control vs. Participatory / Democratic Leadership Styles
- The Reluctant or Emergent Leader
- Fostering Individual Agency and Group Self Organization
- Avoiding Organizational Orthodoxy and Ossification

This interactive session also asks attendees to share their experience regarding these topics and reflection on the material presented. And yes, it may get a bit silly.

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About the Speaker(s)

George Dinwiddie helps organizations develop software more effectively. He brings thirty-five years of development experience from electronic hardware and embedded firmware to business information technology. He helps organizations, managers, and teams solve the problems they face by providing consulting, coaching, mentoring and training at the organizational, process, team, interpersonal, and technical levels. Involved in the Agile community since 2000, he has helped groups ranging from 8 developers to a Fortune 100 company and a billion-plus dollar federal program. He is a frequent presenter at conferences such as the Agile Conference, Agile Development Practices, Agile Testing Days and numerous regional and focused conferences, and has been published in print and on-line magazines.

Nathaniel Cadwell believes in helping people so that they reach their individual and collective potentials. He does this by providing coaching, training, and expert advice on how they organize and how ‘soft skills’ can help solve their wicked problems. He is a coach, trainer, and consultant who is passionate about elevating creative teams by helping them discover better ways of working together.A co-founder of the Belgian chapter of the International Association of Facilitators, Nathaniel is a Certified Professional Facilitator and frequent speaker at international conferences. He has helped multidisciplinary, multicultural teams teams in a variety of industries, government, and the not for profit sectors.