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SAFe 6.0 and Lean-Agile Leadership: Shaping the Future of WorkUnlocking Your Inner Agile Guru with

Updated: Dec 24, 2023


Welcome, fellow adventurer, to the wondrous world of SAFe 6.0 and Lean-Agile Leadership! If you've ever dreamed of becoming the Gandalf of the Agile realm, guiding your teams through the wilderness of change, you're in the right place. In this whimsical guide, we'll explore how Lean-Agile Leadership can shape the future of work while adding a pinch of humor to keep things light.





Embracing Lean-Agile Leadership: The Hero's Journey


Lean-Agile Leadership is not just about barking orders or having a superhero cape. It's about being a wise and supportive guide to your Agile teams. Here's how you can embark on your epic quest to develop Lean-Agile Leadership competency:


Tip #1: Be the Yoda, Not the Darth Vader

In the Lean-Agile galaxy, leadership is about serving, not ruling. So, channel your inner Yoda, not Darth Vader. Encourage your teams, help them grow, and use the Force (or agile principles) for good.

Example: Instead of saying, "I find your lack of velocity disturbing," say, "May the Agile be with you. Let's work on improving our velocity together."


Tip #2: Nurture the Ewoks (Your Teams)

Lean-Agile Leadership is all about supporting and nurturing your teams, just like caring for those furry Ewoks on Endor. Be there for them, remove obstacles, and provide the resources they need.

Pitfall: Don't treat your teams like stormtroopers. They're not expendable, and blasters won't solve their problems.


Tip #3: Lead with Empathy, Not a Lightsaber

Empathy is your lightsaber in the Lean-Agile universe. Understand your team's struggles, their needs, and their aspirations. It's the path to forging strong connections and leading with the Force of understanding.

Pitfall: Avoid the "I am your leader, do as I say" approach. It's more likely to lead to a rebellion than success.


Overcoming Obstacles on Your Heroic Journey

As you tread the path of Lean-Agile Leadership, you'll encounter a few obstacles and perhaps some menacing Sith Lords. Here's how to handle them:

  1. The Death Star of Resistance: Some team members may resist your leadership. Instead of a Death Star, think of it as a mere space station with a design flaw. Find the flaw (root cause of resistance) and address it.

  2. The Jar Jar Binks of Miscommunication: Miscommunication can be as baffling as Jar Jar's dialogue. Use active listening and clear, concise communication to prevent communication breakdowns.

  3. The Dark Side of Command-and-Control: Avoid the Dark Side of leadership, where you dictate every move. Remember, Agile is about collaboration and empowerment, not control.


Conclusion (Time to Celebrate with Ewok Dancing!)

Lean-Agile Leadership isn't about wielding a lightsaber or force-choking your team into submission. It's about being a guide, a mentor, and a source of support as your teams journey through the Agile galaxy. So, put on your Jedi robe (or your favorite Agile t-shirt) and embark on this epic quest to shape the future of work with a smile on your face and a heart full of Agile wisdom. May the Agile Force be with you!

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