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Organisations that fail to increase their leadership skills to deal with change are bound to fail, says ThoughtWorks' Helen Macqueen.

Agility demands adaptive leadership styles

To solve modern day business problems, leaders need a new way of looking at business management.

So said Helen Macqueen, principal consultant at ThoughtWorks, speaking at the ITWeb Software Development Management event at the Forum yesterday.

According to Macqueen, most organisations are dealing with market complexity, continuously evolving technology, ever-increasing customer demands, and protecting intellectual property.

In this agile environment, leadership behaviours and mindsets need to shift from a traditional way of leading to an adaptive leadership style.

She believes adaptive leaders are dynamic, agile leaders who are incredibly effective in any environment.

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Training is essential for a successful agile transformation, says DVT's Stephen de Villiers Graaff.

Successfully executing agile transformation

Agile transformation is full of challenges, and to be successful, organisations need to be thoughtful in their execution.

So said Stephen de Villiers Graaff, principal agile consultant at DVT, speaking at ITWeb Software Development Management 2015 at the Forum yesterday.

According to De Villiers Graaff, the success of agile transformation depends on how much preparation was done – whether the people involved are on the same page, speak the same language, and understand the value behind the mechanics.

He believes training is essential for successful transformation – businesses need people with the right type of training and skills.

De Villiers Graaff pointed out agile transformation is a team effort and cannot be done without help. Therefore, business should hire coaches who have deep knowledge and broad experience to draw from – and to bounce ideas off, he said.

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Driving sustainable competitiveness in SDM
By Candace Bosch,
Johannesburg, 9 Mar 2015


The pace of change in the technologies that support enterprises has not slowed down, and software developers must keep abreast.
So says Adrian Schofield, management consulting consultant and professional at the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).

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