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Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Anna Obukhova


About this Tutorial

Agile leadership has a unique flavour - when power is not given with a title, but taken by a person based on his/her inner abilities. We use servant leadership or powerless leader to emphasise this difference. If we look deeper into the biology and neuroscience of leadership, we find that agile leaders are recognised by nature, and we unconsciously select these people from the crowd. How do you become this type of person?

To be an effective agile leader, you need to understand:

  • what makes a leader: leader-leader agile model
  • the difference between a leader and dominant behaviour, and why leaders look younger and more active (on a hormonal level)
  • the hormones and neuroscience of a natural leader
  • leadership differences and similarities between the scrum master and product owner
  • a simple, powerful mindset change to become a natural leader
Participants should be familiar with the roles of scrum master and product owner.

Learning outcomes - you will be able to:

  • understand the threat of dominant behaviour - that it's harmful to people's health - and how leadership behaviour maintains hormonal youth and activity
  • recognise 3 components of a natural leader and how they are dependent on each other so they can understand and regulate their leadership potential
  • link the scum master and product owner roles to the natural leader capabilities and understand how this influences their everyday behaviour
The session is very hands-on and you'll come away with tools and techniques you can use straight away.

About the Speaker

Anna Obukhova is an agile coach. She's been working with agile methodologies since 2004 as a scrum master, agile coach, project/programme manager and recently as agile portfolio delivery manager for a large investment bank in London.

Anna is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and the effectiveness of team communication in such conditions. Her passion is to collect and share best industry and company practices in agile management. She helps agile teams and programmes to improve their processes and implement the transition from waterfall to agile in corporate environments (her clients are major banks and very large companies from other industries).

Anna uses neuroscience and biology to explain agile productivity and enhance agile coaching techniques. She's shared this perspective at many conferences, to name a few: ALE Bucharest, Agile Days Moscow, Global Scrum Gathering Paris, Agile Cambridge, Agile Tour London, Agile on the Beach (UK), Agile 2017 (Orlando, USA), Agile Business Conference (Moscow), Global Scrum Gathering Dublin and Manage Agile (Berlin).

She uses her education in biology, psychology and coaching to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain). She believes it can explain a lot - and she's very excited about how naturally agile works.

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