Humans are Not Resources: A Guide to Managing a Modern Workforce

  • Gez Smith, Odrilea

We’re told that employees these days need to be given autonomy to direct themselves, the ability to master their skills and a strong sense of purpose. But how as managers of people do we enable that? How do you attract and hire the best lean-agile talent in a very competitive marketplace? How do you ensure that your organization gets the most out of an employee’s knowledge and experiences? How do you free people from the organizational hierarchy to become part of the value stream network? How do you manage and incentivize people’s strong performance when the emphasis is now on the system? How do you grow, develop and upskill people when the pressure to ‘just deliver’ is growing ever stronger? How do you make sure that after all your hard work hiring, growing and facilitating people, they don’t just up and leave? Just as important, how do you as a manager cope with being accountable for the outputs of the term, when you’re not in control of them anymore?

This session will give you answers to these questions and more, through structured experiments and concrete practices to try out as soon as you get back to the office.

  • Date:Wednesday, June 10
  • Time:11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Session Type:Main Conference Track
  • Learning Objective #1:Understand the core differences between managing teams in a traditional environment, and leading teams in a Lean-Agile environment
  • Learning Objective #2:Experiment with concrete practices around talent attraction, lifelong learning, performance management, retention and the Value Stream network
  • Learning Objective #3:Understand how to feel comfortable in their new role, letting go of control and celebrating the success of others for the benefit of all
  • Talk Level:Beginner
Gez Smith