Context-driven Leadership: How to Ride a Bull through a China Shop

Kent McDonald, Knowledge Bridge Partners

Software development projects are just different. They’re often high-risk ventures with extremely complex interrelationships, filled with uncertainties, dependent on scarce knowledge workers, and much more. So, the leadership style and skills needed to be successful are quite different from those needed in simple, stable projects that run through organizations. Kent McDonald introduces his Context Leadership Model, an important managers’ tool that uses the project characteristics of uncertainty and complexity to provide guidance for project leadership and governance. Kent demonstrates how to assess the characteristics of a project, how to choose the project leadership approach based on those characteristics, and how to tailor it for unique situations. Work with Kent and your peers to evaluate the characteristics of your own projects, identify the best leadership approaches, and find out what you need to do to prepare yourself to ride a bull of a project safely through a china shop.

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