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Context Driven Agile Leadership – Webinar

This webinar discusses a framework to categorize software development projects and to use appropriate leadership to effectively manage them to success.

Too often people in the software industry propose the magic bullet “one size fits all” approach to leading and managing projects. As any experienced leader knows, each project has its unique characteristics and it is the context of these characteristics that must influence how best to lead and manage the project and the teams. The Context Leadership Model that Todd has written about in several IEEE papers and in his book “Stand Back and Deliver,” looks at uncertainty and complexity and has found that these two attributes of a project provide guidance to effective leadership, risk management and overall governance.

Complexity includes project composition such as team size and criticality, while uncertainty includes both market and technical uncertainty. The approach and leadership style required for a simple, stable project is quite different than what is required for highly uncertain, highly complex projects. In this webinar Todd will introduce the model and then demonstrate a number of examples of how the leadership styles differed based on the project context.

Presenter: Todd Little is a Sr. Development Manager for Landmark Graphics Corp. For over 30 years he has been involved in multiple aspects of software development with a focus on commercial software applications for oil and gas exploration and production.
He has been a leader in the agile community and was on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance from 2004-2010. In 2003, he co-founded the Agile Development Conference, and served as the Program Director for ADC2004, Agile2005 and Agile2006. He is Co-Program Chair for Agile2011.
He is a co-author of the “Declaration of Interdependence for Agile Project Leadership” (www.pmdoi.org) and a founding member and past President of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN).
Along with Pollyanna Pixton, Niel Nickolaisen, and Kent McDonald, he is a co-author of the book “Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility,” Addison Wesley Todd is a well known speaker and writer on several software engineering topics including business value, uncertainty, complexity and leadership.

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