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Thursday, August 10 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Evolving Agile Leadership at Riot Games. A Story of Challenging Convention (Ahmed Sidky)

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Agile Leadership is a broadly-defined buzz-word today. Does it just mean servant leadership or is there more? How does Agile leadership fit with "Agile" Management. While the industry is figuring out all this, at Riot Games, we didn't really care about terminology and definitions, but rather our focus is on building strong human-centric leaders to lead our 2500-person agile organization. Through these efforts, I think we have created our own understanding of what Leadership in an Agile organization looks like that is worth sharing.
In this talk, Ahmed will share his reflections on the domain of Agile Leadership in general and share the frameworks and current ways of thinking about leadership at Riot Games. He will highlight some areas where he disagrees with common agile rhetoric like "having single wringable necks" and using "commanding" stances. He will introduce a new leadership roles & responsibilities framework that provides teams a way to balance between team-level autonomy, organizational-wide alignment and strong accountability. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Participants will be able to reflect if they have an appropriate agile leadership model for their environment
  • - Participants will be able to distinguish between leadership accountability and responsibility in an agile environment
  • - Participants will be exposed to a creative leadership model that was rolled out at Riot Games - showing participants - "the art of the possible".
  • - Most importantly participants will leave be able really think what Agile leadership may mean for them personally - on their personal journey.

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Ahmed Sidky

Director of Development Management, Riot Games
Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. known as Doctor Agile, is a well-known thought-leader in the Agile community. He is currently the Director of Development Management for Riot Games and before that he was a transformation consultant for Fortune 100 companies. He is the co-author of Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World, and the President and co-founder of the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile). Ahmed was selected to be the program chair for the Agile... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
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