Agile Dev West 2018 Leadership Summit Session: Agile Leadership – A Matter of Providing Cover


Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Agile Leadership – A Matter of Providing Cover

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In the early days of agile adoption, the role that leaders played was marginalized or fuzzy at best. Was it just a vision and budgetary focus or something more? A “day in the life” of the agile leader wasn’t very clear. Well, fast forward to today, and the role is clearer, but still confusing. But the good news is that Ralph Kasuba will be your guide to more effective agile leadership.

Ralph’s experience is that today’s agile leaders need to provide cover for their teams. Cover to do their best work. Cover so that they stay focused. Cover to effectively collaborate. Cover to ensure they’re working on the most important products and projects. Cover so they feel…trusted. Cover so they actually behave and deliver in an agile fashion, with creativity, quality, empowerment, accountability, and joy. And yes, all of this in the real world.

Ralph Kasuba, VP, eGlobal Commerce Engineering

As Vice President of Global eCommerce Engineering for PitneyBowes/Borderfree, Ralph brings over 15 years of leading technology organizations for both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial start-ups through periods of hyper-growth and global expansion. Ralph’s ‘Servant Leadership’ style is paired with his focus for providing coaching and mentorship to his teams. He continually strives to bring out the creativity of each person in an effort to help provide elegant solutions to challenging opportunities that often present themselves on a daily basis. Ralph credits the success in his career squarely on the achievements of his organizational teams and peers.

Ralph has also been actively involved in the technology and entrepreneurial communities in both Chicago and North Carolina, including being a member of the Board of Directors for the Triangle Technology Executive Council and as a mentor/coach for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s FastTrac program.