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Wednesday, July 27 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
The Misaligned Middle - Getting IT Managers On Board with Change (Dominica DeGrandis)

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IT managers play a critical role in any DevOps transformation. The 2015 State of Devops Report enumerates proven ways that IT managers can help their teams win. Executives seem to understand the value of emerging practices in IT Operations, such as Lean and DevOps, and individual contributors surely benefit from less midnight alerts and increased salary. Why then do middle managers often seem out of step with the organization’s priorities and initiatives? Is it really a misaligned middle or a lack of an enterprise champion? Does the ever-revolving door of buzzwords burn out managers? Maybe it's an unwillingness to change -- or perhaps managers are stumbling around in a broken system.
Repairing misalignment may be time consuming, but the rewards are huge. In this talk, Dominica DeGrandis will share her experiences with specific examples from enterprises to help you identify the misaligned middle issues within your organization. There will be some audience participation so be prepared with your experiences. Participants will leave with a new perspective, exercises to improve alignment across their IT organization, and real world examples to model.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how misalignment is driven down and across the ranks
  • Learn why managers behave based on how they are measured and what can be done about it.
  • Effective exercises for improving alignment up and down the hierarchy
  • Specific examples of how enterprises have improved their misalignment problems.
  • Take away two paths that enterprises are taking to dig their way out of the misalignment mess so they have a fair shot at a successful DevOps transformation

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Dominica DeGrandis

Principal Flow Advisor, Tasktop
Dominica DeGrandis is Principal Flow Advisor at Tasktop, where she helps customers improve the flow of work across value streams. Responsible for introducing customers to flow-based aspects of digital transformation, she guides IT teams and business teams to understand and adopt new... Read More →

Wednesday July 27, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
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