Agile Development Leadership

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Building Key Characteristics for Influential Leadership


Building Key Characteristics for Influential Leadership


This expert-level course builds on your experience applying leadership fundamentals. In a senior leadership role, which could be executive leader, chief technologist, or a senior engineering role with substantial responsibility, the common denominator is people look to you to set an example and they have high expectations. Success depends on leadership focus in the right areas, delegating effectively, and not worrying about things that just don’t matter much. In this course we explore focus areas that are typically critical, and we’ll discuss your specific challenges to help you work on leadership traits that matter most.

The balanced skillset needed in a senior leadership role must emphasize communication skills, business acumen, and just enough technical comprehension. Many engineering leaders tend to remain overly involved in technical details, which limits capacity to develop leadership ability. You’ll utilize Auxilium’s Top-Tier Leadership tool to identify non-technical emphasis areas and develop highly focused leadership goals that will have immediate impact.

Real world examples, case studies, and interactive discussion will connect the topics to everyday job situations. You will also benefit from the instructor’s direct experience leading and managing engineering teams for over 25 years.

This course enables you to:

  • Identify important development opportunities involving communication and business acumen
  • Build a high level of trust and respect with stakeholders
  • Focus on the highest-impact results and the necessary leadership characteristics
  • Continuously reassess and adjust leadership development goals
  • Leverage delegation and negotiation skills to get results quickly and extend growth opportunities to others
  • Strengthen rapport with key personnel, customers and suppliers


Review of Leadership Fundamentals
  • Perceived trust
  • Earned respect
  • Mutual trust and respect
  • Influence with integrity
Effective Delegation
  • Managing priorities
  • Delegating management and leadership responsibilities
  • Negotiating deliverables and timelines
  • Setting commitment and accountability expectations
Balancing Skill Development
  • Why emphasis on communication skills is always important
  • The importance of business acumen for senior leaders
  • How much emphasis on technical skills as technology evolves?
  • What management duties should be delegated?
  • Top-Tier Leadership Tool
Challenges Specific to Your Environment
  • Discussion of challenges and efforts
  • Solutions brainstorming
  • Obstacles and opportunities for rapport with key stakeholders
  • Focused development plan

What’s Included

Senior Leadership Toolkit – Each participant receives a set of tools and templates that can be implemented immediately:

  • Top-Tier Leadership Tool
  • Senior Leader Development Plan Template

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for anyone in a senior technical leadership role:

  • VPs / Directors / Sr. Engineering Managers
  • Chief Technologists
  • Senior Project Leaders
  • System Architects
  • Prospective Senior Leaders


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Registration Options

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Program Leaders

Gary Hinkle

Principal Management Consultant

Engineering Leadership & Management
Agile Methods for Hardware Development
Organizational Productivity

Contact Us to Schedule​

This program can be offered online or at your company site and can be customized for your needs. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.
Many useful concepts. The workbook provides an outline that can be applied on the job.

Garth Weber, Mechanical Engineer

Cardinal Health

Excellent course. Concepts were clearly presented - easy to understand. I will recommend to my engineering team.

Chatree Sitalasai, Engineering Supervisor

NMB Technologies

Practical advice for anyone in business or leadership. Exercises were very helpful. Instructor with real experience makes a big difference!

Mel Greenberg, Manager

Portland General Electric

Great information, delivery, and discussions.

Dwaine Gilmer, Escalation Engineer

Microsoft Corp.

Great job of tailoring the basic concepts to the specifics of each attendee.

Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing

Instantiations, Inc.

A '10' in terms of content and presentation. Very interactive and useful right away.

Sushil Nema, Engineer

Triquint Semiconductor

Gary is one of those rare people that combines engineering expertise with exceptional administrative, people, and management skills.

Mike Anderson

Technology Executive

The course content and examples were valuable. Good interaction between the presenter and students. It was well worth the cost and my time away from work!

Paul L. Fernandez, Jr., Sr. Engineer

Mitsubishi Digital

The best part was how to sell an idea to executives. Very useful tips and I can see mistakes I made in the past.

T. Fisher

US Navy

This program opened my eyes to new approaches to manage innovation. Well done and a lot of material in a short time.


Chris Fisher

3D Printing

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With So Many Choices, Why Auxilium?

Five Reasons...

Practical, Proven Tools and Methods

Every method and tool we provide, with either a training or consulting program, has been proven in real-world projects.

Live, Experienced Consultants

You'll work directly with senior consultants who have over 20 years of PD experience. No inexperienced trainers or fresh MBA's.

Cost Effective

As a virtual team with low overhead, you'll get the experience of a tier one consultancy group at a fraction of typical fees.

Concise, Comprehensive Programs

We focus every training or consulting program on the essential skills and implementation to get immediate results.

A Passion for Results

We understand the risk and expense of getting outside help. Our goal is to ensure you get the results you need.

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