Becoming an Agile People Manager - Alex Schladebeck

In July we take advantage of being remote and invite Alex Schladebeck to speak to us about Agile leadership.

"The world doesn’t like testers. As a tester, I spend time and effort trying to improve the world for testers to live in. Then I also became a manager. Now I have to start over to improve the next space! And my plan of attack is to set an example by being the best manager I can be.

Never one to ignore a challenge, I’ve been exploring what it means to be a good people manager, and especially, to be a good manager in an agile context, where the focus is not on command and control, but on encouraging people to be autonomous and sharing information. In this talk, I want to share stories and my own personal “rules of engagement” – principles to guide me and concrete actions or responses to common situations.

I’ll go into:

•The power and danger of empathy

•The rule of yes or tomorrow

•Rituals for trust

•Being authentic and vulnerable

•Leading by example

I’ll share things that have worked, things that haven’t, and how I reflect on my growth and learnings to keep progressing."

Alex Schladebeck is a passionate tester and a consultant for quality and agility. She is head of quality and a CEO at BREDEX GmbH.
She spends her time communicating with people! A typical week involves working with customers, teaching and coaching testers and developers about quality, being an agile leader, working on strategy and developing her team to fulfil their potential.
Alex is a frequent speaker and keynote speaker at conferences about agility and quality from her experiences in projects and with customers. In 2018 she was awarded the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person award.


When is this speech going to take place?


we are indeed missing a link to join :smiley:
I also can’t find it on google with a quick search.


Woah! I didnt realise people would be here already! :slight_smile: :slight_smile: It takes place today 14th July 6pm BST. Please register here:


Is that an assumption? :stuck_out_tongue: Never underestimate MoT Community members! :wink:

EDIT: Woo it’s today! How have I missed this O.o (I’ll join!)

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Registered, thanks for sharing

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Cynefin: Cynefin framework - Wikipedia
Book - Dare to Lead :
Radical Candor page:
Lara Hogan: Resilient Management - Resilient Management, A Book Apart
Delegation Poker: Delegation Poker & Delegation Board - Management 3.0 Practice
One Minute Manager Meets Monkey:


Some great books to read to help you on your journey:


'twas a good talk, lot of real world tips!

And here is the recording