When a religion is dead, it becomes ritualistic!

When we do rituals without sufficient understanding of the intent, it indicates something. Does Agile belong to that category now? 

This talk will cover my experience with lot of organizations and teams. 

The intention behind this talk is to re-emphasis the spirit of Agile mindset!



Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

Setting the context: What is Agile? Doing Agile vs Being Agile

- Rituals and religion

- Agile rituals 

- Who is killing Agile

- Intention based transformations

- Are we Agile enough to accept

- Q&A

Learning Outcome

Agile is not a collection of meeting or rituals

Agile mindset : How to enable that

Identify some death patterns of Agile

What can we do about it

Target Audience

Agile practitioners, Agile coaches, Leaders of agile enterprises

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  • Anish Cheriyan
    By Anish Cheriyan  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Ebin,

    Thanks for the topic. Can you share some specific case or examples which you will be covering.




    • Ebin John Poovathany
      By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi Anish,

      I want to focus more on value/benefit/intention of each activities or rituals teams follows. I want to trigger some thoughts in participants mind that "Every ritual suggested in Agile has an intention". If your rituals are not meeting them, either modify it to meet the intent or discard them and move on.

      For example.

      1. Standup meetings: 

        :- Is information sharing is happening? Do you get to learn anything by participating in standup? Do you consider that as a time waste? This indicate that it has become a rintual.

      I will also talk about how to deal with it. We will select one (20 minutes talk) of the area in which it has become a ritual, (selected by the participants) and I will facilitate a discussion to meet the intentions.

      In the above example, if the standup has become a ritual, we discuss about what can we do differently to meet the intent!

      Hope this clarifies your question. Let me know if you want further elaboration.


      Ebin John.



      • Ellen Grove
        By Ellen Grove  ~  4 years ago
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        Hi Ebin John

        Based on your comment above, I'm unclear as to whether you're proposing a 20 min experience report (which is what the original proposal is tagged as) or a longer talk.

        If it's an experience report, a bit more detail about what the specific experiences you intend to share would be helpful.

        If it's a longer talk, could you elaborate a little on the items in your outline (i.e. "Who is killing Agile?" and "Intention Based Transformations")? While you've suggested some provocative and interesting topics I have no idea of what you actually intend to talk about based on the abstract and outline.



        • Ebin John Poovathany
          By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  4 years ago
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          Thank you for your comments. 

          About 20 minutes : I want to make it short and sweet. Idea is to talk about one or two rituals we follow and come to the point ( Stand uo and retro (I may even allow the adience to choose)). Another way of doing is to collect the data from the audience and set the context. In the second case i need more time. I am open about that as well.

          More details: As the topic title indicate, i want to connect the audience with the concept of "Doing for the sake of doing" or " Doing it for somebody". Then I want them to connect to the intent of doing that. " Why " we are doing, what we are doing?

          Who is killing Agile ? My hypothesis is, anyone who "Does" agile, whithout understanding the "Why" he is doing it or what is the intent of doing it.

          Is it more clear now? How can I help you to understand more about my intentions? :)