The IT industry is evolving, and has been evolving for a while now. The one thing that has, however, not changed as drastically as one would expect within the industry are the diversity ratios. The software delivery stratosphere is still largely dominated by men. More and more organisations are now waking up to the reality of this situation, and are taking measures to fix diversity imbalance in their respective workspaces. One recurring argument against such measures to fix gender inclusivity is that these steps are discriminative against men. This, in my opinion, stems mostly from a lack of awareness about the challenges that women in the IT industry face on a daily basis. As part of this particular talk, I would like to bring to light not only some of these challenges, but also various myths about the reasons why there are fewer women in the industry and why this is a problem that we need to fix starting now. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

My session would tackle two different aspects of gender imbalance in the IT industry - First, what are some of the myths and facts around why there are fewer women in IT. Second, why is this a problem that we need to solve.

I will also talk about some of the aspects of patriarchy and social norms that have shaped the IT industry into what it is today.

Finally, I would like to bring to the table some ways in which people and organisations can help fix the gender imbalance in the industry.

Learning Outcome

Hopefully by the end of this talk, audiences will understand a little more deeply about challenges that women face in today's IT industry. It will also equip them with facts and data against the arguments of how this isn't a problem, or that gender inclusive efforts are some sort of reverse sexism. 

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  • Ellen Grove
    By Ellen Grove  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Isha

    I think this is an interesting topic, but 90 min for a talk is very long.  Do you have ideas about how to make this either an hands-on workshop session or a shorter talk (I suspect it's actually a talk rather than a workshop).  Format options are described at http://2016.agileindia.org/#program/session-formats

     

    Thanks

    Ellen

    • Isha Tripathi
      By Isha Tripathi  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi,

      The main reason for proposing this as a 90 min talk was that 45 mins is a little less time to cover everything; plus I would like to keep it interactive and leave enough time for a discussion.

      • Ellen Grove
        By Ellen Grove  ~  2 years ago
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        Can you consider restructuring it to be a 45 min talk?

        I think you are addressing a number of important issues here (and I feel strongly that an Agile conference is an appropriate venue to be having a lively discussion about inclusivity and how we support it in practice), and I like the general outline, but to consider this topic as a 90 min workshop I would need to see much more articulation of the outline/structure of the sesssion and how activities will support the learning objectives.

        • Isha Tripathi
          By Isha Tripathi  ~  2 years ago
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          Hi,

          I could send you the complete presentation separately, with the speaker notes. Those have the complete details of what each slide is about. Also, I presented the same talk for a 45 min slot and found the time to be short to cover all points as well as have a discussion. Let me know if the speaker notes will help; if not, I can send out a detailed write up.

  • Anish Cheriyan
    By Anish Cheriyan  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Isha,

    Thanks for the topic. Appreciate it.

    Wanted to check with you why you feel this topic should be in the Agile in the trenches theme.

     

    Regards

    Anish

     

    • Isha Tripathi
      By Isha Tripathi  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi,

      My understanding of the Agile in the trenches theme is identifying areas where we could be better in terms of Agile practices. In my opinion, failing in identifying gender inclusivity related problems is a fail for an ideology that professes "Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools". Please let me know if that's not what this theme is about.

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