• Aman King
    Aman King
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Are you an Agile Practitioner? Or are you responsible for Agile transformation?

    Organizations that have begun their Agile journey welcome the guidance of an experienced Agile Coach. But external guidance cannot continue indefinitely as the only way to scale Agile.

    If you are in an Agile team, are you prepared to take on the coaching role for other teams once your Agile Coach moves on?

    If you are a manager, are you looking at grooming in-house coaches to scale and self-sustain transformation?

    The transitioning of practitioners into coaches can be key to your Agile journey. Individuals get to build on their potential, while the organization becomes more self-reliant.

    This session explores my personal journey from practitioner to coach. It should help you too in taking that first jump into the role of a coach. I will share real-world examples of dealing with on-the-fly situations, and of preparing upfront where possible. I will recommend resources, and mention handy techniques that should be in a coach's toolkit. The session essentially provides a kick-start for first-time coaches.

  • Herry Wiputra
    Herry Wiputra
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    The term "cross functional team" has been made popular by the Agile movement. In cross functional team, we put people with different roles to work together for a common goal/purpose.

    I have seen this worked really well in many agile teams. People are no longer on silo and everyone have better understanding what each other's role is and consequently, what each other do. This leads to better self organising within the team.

    However, I strongly believe we can take this concept to the new level. The concept of cross functional team should be extended to not just the team but also to the individuals within the team. Scott Ambler wrote an essay on "Generalising Specialist". The term T-shaped developer was introduced by Mary and Tom Poppendieck in her famous book "Lean Software Development". By nature, people don't like to get out of their comfort zone, hence the tendency to keep working in area that they are familiar with. When leaders can create an environment where everyone is encouraged to learn, grow and make mistakes, amazing things can happen.

    In my experience leading teams, I have witnessed many transformations that enabled individuals to go beyond their traditional role, such as a manual QA assuming Scrum Master role, a BA doing deployment, a developer doing QA for a story, etc. Not only this enablement help develop the individuals to widen their horizon and skillset, it also helped the productivity of the team through better collaboration. When a team reach this stage, we no longer have problems such as "The QA has nothing to do because there are no stories to test", "The developers have nothing to do because the cannot keep up", "The deployment took longer than expected because the Ops person was not aware of the special configuration".

  • Liked Archana Joshi
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    How do I know if Agile is working for me or not? – An Executive’s Dilemma

    Archana Joshi
    Archana Joshi
    Sheshadri Shekhar
    Sheshadri Shekhar
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    As Agile coaches, several times when we talk to the Sr. Management in a company to taking agile to a bigger level and adopt it across their business units a common response we get is "I have seen agile working for our project teams. I am also in midst of an agile transformation where we are applying it in large programs. But how do I know the transformation is helping me achieve my goals at an organizational level. Our organization typically tracks executives on finance, people & delivery parameters. In an agile context, how do I ensure that I am on track with the executive-level dashboard (finance, people and delivery)?" As part of this session, we plan to share our experience of how "Balance Score Card" technique was implemented at one of the financial services company following agile. By using concept of balance score card we were able to map the agile goals with the IT organization goals and ensure that the agile methods were giving the desired results.

  • Liked Phani Bhushan
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    What made it happen - Successful Agile Adoption

    Phani Bhushan
    Phani Bhushan
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    A large-scale successful adoption of Agile involves not just a stronger drive and support from management but also far-reaching changes at the individual, team, and organizational level. This talk is about how we successfully implemented Agile practices at the team level and scaled Agile more broadly throughout the enterprise.

    This is a talk based on experience report of a successful agile adoption of a 1200+ employee Dutch company based out of Netherlands. This talk is focused on the learning’s/insights from initial adoption, scaling and continues path to sustaining improvements.

  • Aman King
    Aman King
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Are you an Agile Practitioner? Or are you responsible for Agile transformation?

    Organizations that have begun their Agile journey welcome the guidance of an experienced Agile Coach. But external guidance cannot continue indefinitely as the only way to scale Agile.

    If you are in an Agile team, are you prepared to take on the coaching role for other teams once your Agile Coach moves on?

    If you are a manager, are you looking at grooming in-house coaches to scale and self-sustain transformation?

    The transitioning of practitioners into coaches can be key to your Agile journey. Individuals get to build on their potential, while the organization becomes more self-reliant.

    This session explores my personal journey from practitioner to coach. It should help you too in taking that first jump into the role of a coach. I will share real-world examples of dealing with on-the-fly situations, and of preparing upfront where possible. I will recommend resources, and mention handy techniques that should be in a coach's toolkit. The session essentially provides a kick-start for first-time coaches.

  • Liked Amoli Upadhye
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    Scale up Agile - Cheers to complex, systems integration mega - projects!

    Amoli Upadhye
    Amoli Upadhye
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Large systems integration projects form a large majority in typical corporate IT departments. With growing agile methodology adoption and its proven success rate in small / mid – sized projects there is a strong interest in case studies where teams have scaled Agile for XL size project execution

    Such large integration projects warrant natural complexities and teams rely on scaling existing agile practices to be able to up their game. As these projects are high risk / high value candidates, it is critical that project teams deliver them smoothly while rallying various stakeholders involved.

    This session would describe how agile principles can be elastic enough to help teams achieve just that!

    It describes exactly which agile principles have helped me (more than others) to influence my Product Owner-ship on my big, fat COTS application product tied to many upstream / downstream systems and even more stakeholders

  • Herry Wiputra
    Herry Wiputra
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    The term "cross functional team" has been made popular by the Agile movement. In cross functional team, we put people with different roles to work together for a common goal/purpose.

    I have seen this worked really well in many agile teams. People are no longer on silo and everyone have better understanding what each other's role is and consequently, what each other do. This leads to better self organising within the team.

    However, I strongly believe we can take this concept to the new level. The concept of cross functional team should be extended to not just the team but also to the individuals within the team. Scott Ambler wrote an essay on "Generalising Specialist". The term T-shaped developer was introduced by Mary and Tom Poppendieck in her famous book "Lean Software Development". By nature, people don't like to get out of their comfort zone, hence the tendency to keep working in area that they are familiar with. When leaders can create an environment where everyone is encouraged to learn, grow and make mistakes, amazing things can happen.

    In my experience leading teams, I have witnessed many transformations that enabled individuals to go beyond their traditional role, such as a manual QA assuming Scrum Master role, a BA doing deployment, a developer doing QA for a story, etc. Not only this enablement help develop the individuals to widen their horizon and skillset, it also helped the productivity of the team through better collaboration. When a team reach this stage, we no longer have problems such as "The QA has nothing to do because there are no stories to test", "The developers have nothing to do because the cannot keep up", "The deployment took longer than expected because the Ops person was not aware of the special configuration".

  • Liked Ashish Mahajan
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    Water the root , Enjoy the fruit

    Ashish Mahajan
    Ashish Mahajan
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Yellow or dry leaves of a tree have more to do with its root, rather than its color, which is just an indication of need to water the roots. For a tree to flourish, to bear green leaves, with fruits, it’s the root that needs to be watered

    This is to say, put focus and care into your core every day and then the rest of the things will simply flourish and express itself.

    At times, we are too busy in discussing and analyzing things at a very high level, trying to improve the color of the yellow leaves of the trees, by applying patches, thereby ignoring watering its root.

    We are so obsessed with achieving better results every time, that ,metrics, processes and numbers become the focus of discussion in the organization. We keep on doing the same thing again and again, and expect different results, every time.

    Measure more, measure accurately, implement jazzy-flashy processes with new fashioned terminologies of promises of skyrocketing results, make everyone occupied, and reduce cost at any cost!

    And most of the times, you get the same results, or even worse.

     

    Here are some of the things,I believe, are watering the tree of Product Development that bear the fruits of success.

    • Focus on automated unit tests and refactoring the code every time you see an improvement opportunity, quality will take care of itself.
    • Focus on having open, honest and professional discussions with customers; trusted partnership will take care of itself.
    • Promote culture of failing fast and encourage making mistakes, time to market and innovation will take care of itself.
    • Implement the DNA of Value Flow into the organization, and cost will take care of itself.
    • Focus on respecting and improving skills of the people in your organization, the results will take care of itself
    • Destroy the cubicles , both physically and mentally,  and the waste will have a tough time to find a place.
    • Focus on building great teams; and great products will take care of itself.
  • Liked Monica Gupta
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    Agile - The next logical step in the evolution of Project Management and Organizational Transformation

    Monica Gupta
    Monica Gupta
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Project management as we know is a science that is evolving and maturing. Agile provides the next step of advancement in this arena. The topic will discuss how Agile practices have now reached a level of maturity and can be an agent of organizational transformation. These practices can now be applied to other fields and the same benefits can be reaped as we experienced in Software Development.

  • Liked Anil Rao. M
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    Balancing between Project Manager and Scrum Master roles in large scale Agile/Scrum based software development engagements

    Anil Rao. M
    Anil Rao. M
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

     This would be an experience and POV sharing session on how in offshore heavy, large scale distributed Agile/Scrum based engagements, teams deal with

     

    • Challenges encountered in dealing with a co-existent Project Manager and Scrum Master roles
    • Balancing between living by the Manifesto, established Project Management practices, and the hard reality of life
  • Liked Yashasree Barve
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    What Works and What Not! A Portfolio Lead Retrospects

    Yashasree Barve
    Yashasree Barve
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Case Study
    Beginner

    Enterprises are complex, and so are the development groups within those. Being agile definitely enables the software development groups to deliver high value and high quality software with speed for even within an Enterprise.

    However legacy applications along with the overall Enterprise landscape pose its own challenges that are outside of the scrum framework to solve. Multiple Small scrum teams though working on separate applications need to be cohesive with a big picture. As a portfolio lead, who owns multiple applications and teams related to a portfolio within an Enterprise is a Chicken in scrum terminology. The expectation from the role is that of leader, scrum master as well as an Architect providing technical and functional oversight to the teams within the portfolio. The idea is to be a leader and not a manager in the true spirit of scrum.

    This session is about a retrospective of my work life as a Portfolio Lead who takes care of multiple scrum teams, and applications. I would like to speak about the top 3 challenges faced such as Scaling Production Support / Knowledge Retention for applications delivered through Scrum, Impact of Organizational Transformation initiatives on the scrum teams, and Multiple Stakeholder Expectations / Conflict Management through real life examples of my work. I would retrospect what I did, and discuss and debate what worked well, and what did not during this journey of mine.

  • Liked Teresa Maciel
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    A Conceptual Model to Adopt Agile at the Organizational Level

    Teresa Maciel
    Teresa Maciel
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The section will present a conceptual model to help software organizations to adopt agile at the enterprise context. Firstly the model is driven by a set of organizational agility attributes. To develop these attributes, enablers will be presented, organized into four perspectives: management and environment people, product development strategy, and external relatonship (customers, partners, community). So, attributes, enablers (suppported by methods) will be suggested in order to meet agility at the organizational level. The model was based on a review from both software and manufacturing literature.