Interview with Jürgen Dittmar – Management 3.0

Interview with Jürgen Dittmar – Management 3.0

In 2011, Jurgen Appelo published “Management 3.0“, concentrating the main ideas of a modern leadership approach. Since then there is a whole series of official management 3.0 Coaches and one such coach is Jurgen Dittmar. We are glad that Jurgen accepted our invitation to speak to Agile Greece Summit 2015. Jurgen has more than 20 years of broad experience in IT and IT Management and is known as the most established management 3.0 trainer in Germany.

Therefore, Jurgen will speak about “Management 3.0 – the essential perspective and toolset for agile managers“. He is also going to facilitate a full 2-day Management 3.0 Course, in Athens!
Here is his small interview.

Jurgen Dittmar - Agile Greece



Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself?

My Name is Jürgen Dittmar. I’m living in Munich, I’m 52 years old, married, managed to raise 3 daughters, proud grandfather of already 4+ grandchildren.
Based on more than 25 years of experience in IT and IT management I focus of the on the “human factor” and psychological aspects in agile and non-agile projects and organizations. Based on my master degrees in Geography I started my IT-carrier as a developer for Geographical Information Systems. With a increasing focus on “Peopleware” I completed an education as “Systemic Coach and Consultant” as well as a masters in “Industrial and Organizational Psychology”

Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

In agile transformations the new responsibilities of management are addressed too late and often remain unclear. But without clear perspective and responsibility especially middle Management often is sidelined and rather seen and acting as an obstacle or impediment.
My talk is about this new role of management and leadership in agile organizations and “Management 3.0” as an important and helpful perspective, toolset and role model.

Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session?

Understanding the need of addressing the management question right from the start of an agile transformation and to find out how Management 3.0 principles and practices support this new perspective of servant leadership.

Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile?

  • Address the management question right from the start of an agile transformation.
  • Give managers the possibility to find their new role as a servant leader to support the change
  • Establish an Enterprise transition team with participation of top level management
  • Don’t treat an agile transition as a project, see it as an journey of long lasting organizations development and transformation
  • Manage the transition with Scrum

Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the future?

I see “Agile” methods as extremely important for our common future. As we tried to ignore complex problems worldwide for a quite long time we need this mindset to solve not only IT problems but also economical, ecological and social problems and crisis.
So I see agile ideas are evolving and spreading already into other parts of the economy (like hardware, finance) and our social life (like schools, governments).

Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you?

Yes: Why do you think Agile can save the world?

Q: What you like to say something in advance to the Greek Agile community?

Be brave and take the chances!
I’m looking forward to meet you in Athens.

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Agile Greece Summit 2015

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