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Mark Lines

Job Founding Member
email mark [at] disciplinedagileconsortium [dot] org
Company Disciplined Agile Consortium
City (Country) Calgary, AB
Time 1h
Type of Conference Conference > 100 attendees
Level Everybody

How Does Middle Management Fit In An Agile Organization?


Mark Lines is a Founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), the certification body for disciplined agile. He also serves as Managing Partner at Scott Ambler + Associates. He is an Agile Coach and co-creator of the Disciplined Agile framework. Mark is co-author with Scott Ambler of Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise. Mark is a “disciplined” agile coach, helping organizations all over the world transform from traditional to agile methods. He writes for many publications including the Cutter Consortium and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Mark blogs about DAD at


In an increasingly agile world, do we still need middle managers?  Clearly we do, but middle management and HR departments must adapt or never meet the promise of highly motivated and productive teams.  Some of the changes required may be considered quite radical when compared to traditional HR practices.  But without these changes you will have difficulty attracting and retaining the talent you need. In this keynote Mark Lines provides an overview of trends we see in organizational design, career paths, the new role of middle management, and some progressive ideas regarding compensation and performance management.

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