Finally Time to Take Care of People - Software Team Management in the Agile World

by Kemal Balioglu | at MinneBar 14 | 1:55 – 2:40 in Texas | View Schedule

Agile transformations require mindset and capability adjustments for all organizational leaders, especially software development leaders. While in the waterfall-based environment, the software managerial responsibilities include the wide range of people, product, project, and process areas, the agile transition transfers a significant amount of these responsibilities to agile teams. This “loss” can be unsettling for software development managers. Yet, it also lessens the need for focus on delivery (product, project, and process) and gives them more bandwidth for taking care of individual developers and teams.

This opportunity is also timely. A well-known Gallup report from 2017 highlights that 70% of U.S. workers are not engaged at work. There is no reason to believe that the numbers are very different for software engineers and it is up to software managers to address and mitigate this situation.

In this session, we will discuss how development leaders can take advantage of the opportunity that the agile transition provides. I will share some examples of what we do at Field Nation and invite all session participants to share what is working for them. Specifically, we want to talk about how we can support and increase:

  • Individual growth
  • Team effectiveness
  • Employee Engagement
  • And more

At the end of this session, participants should leave with a toolkit they can use with their teams.

All levels

Kemal Balioglu

Kemal Balioglu has 20+ years of experience in software development and has led local and global teams for more than 10 years. He "survived" several agile transitions and has learned from its impact as a software manager. Kemal is currently Director of Software Engineering at Field Nation where his main focus is on supporting the development team by providing mentorship, career and personal growth opportunities, as well as improve the team’s effectiveness.