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Friday, December 1 • 8:50am - 9:40am
KEYNOTE: Evolving Agile Leadership at Riot Games. A Story of Challenging Convention

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Agile Leadership is a broadly-defined buzz-word today. Does it just mean servant leadership or is there more? How does Agile leadership fit with "Agile" Management. While the industry is figuring out all this, at Riot Games, we didn't really care about terminology and definitions, but rather our focus is on building strong human-centric leaders to lead our 2500-person agile organization. Through these efforts, I think we have created our own understanding of what Leadership in an Agile organization looks like that is worth sharing.

In this talk, Ahmed will share his reflections on the domain of Agile Leadership in general and share the frameworks and current ways of thinking about leadership at Riot Games. He will highlight some areas where he disagrees with common agile rhetoric like "having single wringable necks" and using "commanding" stances. He will introduce a new leadership roles & responsibilities framework that provides teams a way to balance between team-level autonomy, organizational-wide alignment and strong accountability.

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Ahmed Sidky

ICAgile - President, Riot Games - Head of Development Management
Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. is the Head of Development Management at Riot Games where he leads a team of 80 internal agile delivery leaders. Ahmed is also President of the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile.com). Throughout his career, Ahmed has led a number of Fortune 100 companies... Read More →

Friday December 1, 2017 8:50am - 9:40am CST
Junior Ballroom