Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : The Evolving Role of Manager in an Agile Environment

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The Evolving Role of Manager in an Agile Environment

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As teams become agile, are managers still relevant? Companies adopting agile are faced with many challenges, not the least of which is redefining some of the traditional roles. Bharat Nagpal will share his views on how the role of people manager needs to evolve as teams move toward agile. The concepts he presents will equally benefit new as well as seasoned agilists and managers. The session will start off by defining the role of people manager, then we'll discuss new practices that a people manager needs to learn as their teams adopt agile, as well as provide real-world examples of how people managers can build high-performing agile teams. Among other things, Bharat will deep dive into the concept of servant leadership, which is a key trait for people managers to have, and focus on the importance of relationships between various roles. As managers, we face several common challenges, and we ought to solve them together by sharing our experiences with each other.

Bharat Nagpal
Capital One

Bharat Nagpal is a senior technology manager and agile transformation leader at Capital One, Chicago. During his tenure at the company, he has led engineering teams that work on the migration of applications from data center to the cloud. Bharat is also responsible for advancing agile transformation by leading a team of ScrumMasters and coaches. Bharat is well known for creating high-performing teams and for his ability to lead through influence, mentorship, and transparency. Previously, Bharat worked at Discover, Sears, and IBM in various technology leadership roles. Bharat holds a master's degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from University of Chicago.