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Wednesday, July 30 • 10:45 - 12:00
And Now for Something Completely Different: Monty Python’s Agile Leadership (George Dinwiddie, Nathaniel Cadwell) FILLING

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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.


Nathaniel Cadwell

Agile Coach and Consultant, LiftHand
Nathaniel Cadwell has over fifteen years of consulting experience in: software development, agile enablement, and change management. Over the course of his career, he has helped organizations achieve dramatic improvement in their software delivery. In his current role, Nathaniel is... Read More →
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George Dinwiddie

Grand Poobah and Jack of All Trades, iDIA Computing, LLC
George Dinwiddie helps organizations develop software more effectively. He brings decades 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... Read More →

Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Osceola B
  Leadership, Talk