Agile Mindset for Project Managers

Agile Mindset for Project Managers


Dr. Ahmed Sidky

Head of Development Management at Riot Games
Principal Consultant, Sidky Consulting Group (SCG Inc.)

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About the Seminar

Agile is not a process, nor a methodology, but rather a way of thinking and approaching work when there is no clear end-state and/or when the end-state is changing or evolving frequently. The Agile mindset acknowledges and promotes the idea that learning and discovery happen naturally with any form of knowledge work. So instead of resisting the constant change, the Agile mindset provides an alternate way of thinking about work – that is a substantial departure from the assembly line model – and allows teams and organizations to manage uncertainty in a way that delivers value early and continuously, until the customers deems the product good enough to be released.

While we, as project managers, may know how to manage, plan and estimate in an assembly line like culture, how can we estimate confidently for a process that is circular, dynamic and emerging? How can we promise the delivery of value to our customers by set dates and allow change, discovery, and innovation to happen? Is Agile the answer to all these questions?

Unfortunately, today a lot of people have boiled agile down to practices and have missed the whole point that becoming Agile is really about changing one’s mindset.

Driven from that desire to see organizations embrace the mindset and actually BE agile and not just DO agile, Dr. Ahmed Sidky, designed this seminar to explain why Agile is a Mindset, not a process, nor a methodology as well as how to be value-driven and flexible in the way we think and behave not just do iterations and stand-ups.

The seminar is designed to show project managers the “why” and the “mindset” behind things not just the “how.” By understanding the “why” and the “mindset” project managers can be more agile and they can help teams continuously BE agile through innovating and creating new agile practices that achieve the “why” in the most efficient and effective manner and according to the realities and constraints of their project ecosystem. This constant creation of new practices is exactly how individuals, teams and organizations continue to be agile and experience agile as a mindset and culture not just as another process or methodology.

Key Learning Outcomes of the Seminar

  • Introduce the differences between the mindset of assembly line workers and knowledge workers
  • Explain the difference between linear/mechanistic thinking and circular/dynamic thinking and why that this important for knowledge workers
  • Illustrate why a lot of people don’t want to think and challenge and just say: “Just tell me what I need to do, and I’ll do it”
  • Understand the difference between the agile mindset (“Being Agile”) and agile practices (“Doing Agile”) and the characteristics needed in individuals, teams and organizations to embrace, promote and manifest the mindset of agility.
  • Mature people’s understanding of agile beyond being the “flavor of the month” or the “new process or methodology” and instead illustrate why agile is inline with the nature of knowledge work by highlighting the day-to-day inefficiencies that result from applying the traditional mindset to knowledge work.
  • Understand how to manage knowledge work project compared to project management for task-work oriented projects.
  • Describe the ecosystem that needs to exist for people to be engaged and innovate (Leadership, Strategy, Structure, Process and People)
  • Present the role of project managers modeling the desired behavior in changing the way people think and act.
  • Explain the importance of education in the work of the Project Manager
  • Discuss how project managers can inspire performance and engagement through leadership
Event Location

Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
1960 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:

8:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - Seminar Begins
4:30 PM - Seminar Ends

(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch)
$315.00 - Member Registration
$340.00 - Nonmember Registration

PDUs Available: 
7.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Dr. Ahmed Sidky

Principal Consultant, Sidky Consulting Group (SCG Inc.)
Head of Development Management at Riot Games

A renowned global thought-leader in the Agile and Business Agility communities, Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. (also known as Dr. Agile) is the Head of Development Management at Riot Games where he leads a team of about 100 internal agile delivery leaders. He combines over 20 years of technology, product and management experience with a Ph.D. in Agile Transformation, to help organizations embrace the mindset, culture, strategies, and processes necessary to be agile and win with their customers. Prior to Riot Games, he was a consultant for a variety of Fortune 100 companies (among them Verizon, Caterpillar, Nationwide, and Booz Allen Hamilton), where he guided enterprise Agile transformations, educated leaders on the Agile mindset, and helped create high-performing, customer-centric cultures of learning. He is President of the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and the co-founder of the Business Agility Institute; co-author of "Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World;" and seasoned international keynote speaker.

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