Have you ever thought why scrum works? That too from NeuroScience perspective?
We all acknowledge and understand that we have moved beyond and past machine age or service era and are living in what is called “Knowledge Era”. Focus of current times is shifting from behaviours to values. From people to brain. Yet, we know very little about people or brain or its working.
Through this talk, I will attempt to link hard neuroscience to scrum and its practices to see why it works or does not work. Also we would look at practices required beyond scrum to create an environment where scrum can flourish. Or even exists!

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Session is going to be full of interaction and discussion. Initially I will set up the stage and foundation for the session by discussion the social aspects of people and project. Will lead to "what motivates us" and finally to the most important aspect of enivronment and culture provided to people, projects and organizations. From there I will introduce a NeuroScience model and my own tweak to it. We would then (as a small workshop) try and map scrum ceremonies, artifacts, roles and agile / scrum as a whole to these models to see if any rules are violated or not. If they do violate, then how to align it. Finally we would explore how these models can be used beyond agile in our daily life and conversation to not only become agile but also "live agile".

In summary, the entire session would include talk, discussion, video, workshop and talk.

Learning Outcome

  • Understand and discover social aspects which makes scrum works
  • How do we practically implement neuroscience aspects in our project?
  • How do we practically implement neuroscience aspects in our day to day life and daily conversations?
  • Learn a nueroscience model which can be practically implemented in our daily life
  • How to change mindset to become agile

Target Audience

Anyone who is interested in agile and agility should attend. Especially agile coaches, enterprise decision makers, agile transformers, scrum masters, organisation change agents

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  • Jerry Rajamoney
    By Jerry Rajamoney  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Tushar,

    Good Day. The topic you have chosen is a very interesting one. Since this area is very vast I wanted to get some more clarity.

    Are you going to use / refer "Quiet Leadership" model by David Rock and map against Scrum? Or are you planning to use any of the other Coaching models?

    Since the theme is Beyond Agile, out of my curiosity here is the last question.I am sure you are aware that the whole "NeuroScience" is used by Life coaches in their individual coaching (Many of the coaching model are based on this). I am curious to know how you have mapped this to the "Scrum" world :).

    If you are not clear about my query please let me know.

    Thanks for your time.

    Regards,

    Jerry

     

     

     

    • Tushar Somaiya
      By Tushar Somaiya  ~  3 years ago
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      Dear Jerry,

      Yes. David's SCRAF model is my base. However, I have my own model called GREATER and CRAFTS! I am not going to go in details of these. But yes, you are right when you say that I would be covering SCRAF and mapping it with scrum. 

      Can I ask you to please refer to my reply to Pradeep and Prasad above. I just clarified this point in those replies. 

      Feel free to ask and challenge if your question is not answered or if it triggers many more :)

      Thanks dude.

      • Jerry Rajamoney
        By Jerry Rajamoney  ~  3 years ago
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        Thanks for the reply Tushar. I am eager to find how these mappings are done.

        Good luck and all the best.

        Jerry

  • pradeep panda
    By pradeep panda  ~  4 years ago
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    Hey Tushar,

        Seems to be a very good and "HATKE"  topic in the context of such a conference. If I understand correctly, you want to associate the Scrum Ceremonies and philosophy with the aspect of neuroscience. One question from my side here is, while through this presentation you are highlighting that Scrum philosophy and ceremonies follow neuroscience aspects, are you also arguing that the waterfall model can not estbalish such relationship with neuroscience. I think such comparison if possible and is correct will definitely add value to the presentation.

    Otherwise point here will be, if both waterfall and agile do follow the neuroscience aspects, what are we planning to prove through this presentation.

     

    • Tushar Somaiya
      By Tushar Somaiya  ~  3 years ago
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      That is the exact point!! Whether agile or not, people are the most important aspect of any project and project success. Hence we need coaching as a leadership style. Even better would be to have a result-oriented brain based coaching style where you are first aware of your own brain and reactions, know how to swtich off and swtich on them and then "respond" based on other's brain and their perception / reactions!!

      You can make a project better (whether agile or not) with these models. Because you are becoming better and you are understanding others better.

      Having said this, through workshop and comparison between traditional and agile, I want to highlight how some of these nueroscience aspects are imbibed in scrum. That's why scrum works! According to me that is.

  • Prasad
    By Prasad  ~  3 years ago
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    Tushar,

    By knowing neuroscince prespective of Scrum, how its going to help the team? Does it make them more productive or engaged? or a Prodcut owner can bring a great product somebody use..

    • Tushar Somaiya
      By Tushar Somaiya  ~  3 years ago
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      Dear Prasad,

      Thanks for writing in. 

      Being aware of your own emotions and brain activities helps practice better self control and "respond" instead of "react". So the models I am going to share will definitely help anyone and everyone, at a personal level, become more attentive, a good listener, stay in the moment, actively observe self and others. So yes, it will make people become more effective "person".

      I am also going to share coaching as a leadership. Not just coaching but result-oriented brain based coaching. This will help scrum master and product owner and anyone in any leadership role whether agile or not.

      Hope, I am answering your question to your satisfaction. Please feel free to ask and challenge.

  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  4 years ago
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    Tushar - I am not very clear on the scope of the workshop. My understanding from neuroscience is about an individual - how the human brain learns, responds, reacts from the point of view of biology, chemistry, and also including psychology, etc. However, scrum is a more collective, sociological aspect of how a group of people work together. How do we link them together - the neuroscience at an individual level to the group dynamics at team level? 

    -TV

    • Tushar Somaiya
      By Tushar Somaiya  ~  4 years ago
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      Dear TV,

      Your understanding of Neuroscience is correct. I am trying to evaluate scrum on those Neuroscience and psychological aspects. According to my research and understanding, scrum works because these Neuroscience aspects and psychological aspects are well imbibed in all aspects of scrum. This session is about introducing people to those Neuroscience aspects, showcase how scrum and traditional methodologies fair against these aspects and finally close with the message that their normal daily conversation can be consciously made a lot more effective, fruitful and succinct if they practice being aware of these neuroscience & psychological aspects (for themselves as well as others).

       

  • Sonik Chopra
    By Sonik Chopra  ~  4 years ago
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    I attended Tushar's session in Agile Pune Conference and it was very engaging and interesting. I would recommend the same for Agile India 2014.

    • Tushar Somaiya
      By Tushar Somaiya  ~  4 years ago
      reply Reply

      Dear Sonik,

      Thanks for the feedback and suggestion. In SGI Pune, time was really short. Only 45 effective minutes. Here I am proposing 90 minutes session. So this will be a lot more interactive. I will include a full exercise on CRAFTS and I would like to go a little deeper into coaching.

  • Asad Safari
    By Asad Safari  ~  4 years ago
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    Nueroscience is a great topic,

    I think you should have intrduce "How brain works?"  

    • Tushar Somaiya
      By Tushar Somaiya  ~  4 years ago
      reply Reply

      Dear Asad,

      Thanks for the suggestion. Rather than just talk about How brain works? I like to showcase / demo it and derive observations from it which we can further reflect upon and learn from. However, 90 minutes is too short a time for it. Also focus / flavour of scrum / agile also needs to be maintained for new audience. I take 3 full days course on CRAFTSful Scrum Mastering. This session is just a summary or a teaser of it. Maybe I can have a session on just "how brain works" separetely. What do you think? 


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    Vibhu Srinivasan - Coding with Geeks- De Code the secrets behind TDD, BDD and ATDD

    90 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    This session is a coding sessiont that takes a problem and shows clearly what is the difference between TDD, ATDD and BDD. Ths session uses code for the server layer as well as UI layer.

    This session is not for you if you do not code. If you do code, please bring your laptop as we delve into the details of all these styles of programming techniques.

    We will rotate between ATTD, TDD and BDD periodically and show it at use in different layers. This session will be using Java , Rails, Scala and C# together so that you can see how you can benefit do these techniques even when coding in different languages.

    We look at common pitfalls and wrong beliefs that programmers have when it comes to these concepts

    This session is purely keyboard and you will have to bring a laptop.

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    Howard Deiner - Contracts in the Age of Agility

    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    “Fixed price, fixed deliverables, and fixed schedule” contracts are just about the worst way to write contracts involving software, yet they are the most popular – so what are some techniques to use to fix that?

    Organizations that perform professional services for software development or develop software on a work for hire basis are usually engaged bound by extensive contracts.  These contracts are typically characterized as “fixed price, fixed deliverables, and fixed schedule.”  These, of course, are the vertices of the “Iron Triangle of Software Development” and foreshadow a poor outcome due to issues that make the requirements gathering and project estimation phases that precede contract negotiation so prone to error.

    Given this, the question becomes one of “how can I engage clients in a way that allows us each to achieve our goals?”  If Agile and Lean methods are the status quo for good development practices, how can I write contracts for development services that embrace this mindset and let each side achieve it’s goals better?  This lecture and roundtable explores the many facets of this question and provides the attendee answers that they can use going forward.

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    Howard Deiner - The Agile PMO - Creating A Lean Organization from the Inside-Out

    90 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    For many, the idea that you can transform an organization from the PMO outwards seems odd, if not impossible.  But my experience says that this is becoming a trend that more and more clients are asking advice for. 

    We know that for an Agile transformation to work, we need to engage not just the Delivery Teams to approach work differently, but we need a change agent high in the organization to support that change in mindset.  I’ve always found it difficult to find that right person in an executive leadership role who is willing to have the courage to “bet the company” on a new and unproven approach such as Agile and Scrum.  As coaches, we tend to start “pilot” projects, and hope that traction will occur “once everyone sees the great results that we get.”  But I think that this approach is fraught with peril of not getting the right project to start with, not getting the right results immediately, and not motivating people by seeing results from a process that they are not comfortable with.

    I think I’ve come upon a new approach that works better.  Instead of trying to “sell” Agile at an Enterprise level, embrace pure Lean principles high in the organization and work with the PMO leader at the organization.  Once they are comfortable with ideas such as “more leadership and less management”, “shorter concept to cash cycles”, “enabling Lean Startup mentality for disruptive product development”, “always looking for the elimination of waste”, “exploiting variability through appropriate cadence control and appropriate utilization rates”, “delegated authority”, “continuous improvement”, and “rolling planning”, the PMO becomes a terrific agent for instituting change, because they are usually already endowed with the right responsibilities and accountabilities that can push the organization forward.