‘Being a woman is hard, she needs to think like a man, act like a lady, look like a young girl, and work like a horse’, this quote truly denotes show hard it is for all Working Women. Working women lead the life of a juggler or a multitasker – trying to achieve the perfect balance between different aspects of life: children, family, work pressure, career growth, updating competencies,etc with very less of Me Time left

To top it biases, psychological phenomenon, societal norms, lack of role models all make it challenging for women to climb the career ladder. The talk focuses on why women face so many challenges in IT, What are those, What can be done and How Agile can play a part?

Triggers

*Biases and Psychological forces in play against women & the resultant workplace behaviours:

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Familiarity Heuristic
  • Stereotype Threat

*Other factors­:

  • Lack of Role Models
  • Lack of Support Network 
  • Working Hours
  • Organizational Policies
  • Household Responsibilities
  • Indian Culture at play

Emotional State of Women as a result

  • Stressed
  • Underconfident
  • Demotivated
  • Under Valued
  • Overlooked or Ignored

What inspiration women can draw from Scrum Values & Principles and take steps as individuals to make their lives better

  • Prioritization - Urgent Important Matrix, Tips for effective prioritization and Time Management
  • Focus - Doing the Personal SWOT to explore become self aware and aligned with life goals
  • Accountability - Taking accountability for building a strong people network, finding sponsorship
  • Communication - Taking credit where it is due, negotiating effectively, sitting at the table, etc
  • Collaboration - making your partner a true partner, building support network @ home and @ workplace
  • Inspect and Adapt - Self retrospection and gathering feedback

 

Experience Report from my workplace: Talk will be supported by an experience report of fellow lady colleagues from my account of 200 plus people, where all development projects are implemented using Scrum ( Statistics about the account and the women workforce representation, Agile Team Roles and Gender Preferences (approx. 90% POs are women and approx. 80% architects or technical leads are men), What is going right? What is going wrong?

 

 

 

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The talk focuses on why women face so many challenges in IT, What are those, What can be done and How Agile can play a part?

Triggers

*Biases and Psychological forces in play against women & the resultant workplace behaviours:

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Familiarity Heuristic
  • Stereotype Threat

*Other factors­:

  • Lack of Role Models
  • Lack of Support Network 
  • Working Hours
  • Organizational Policies
  • Household Responsibilities
  • Indian Culture at play

Emotional State of Women as a result

  • Stressed
  • Underconfident
  • Demotivated
  • Under Valued
  • Overlooked or Ignored

What inspiration women can draw from Scrum Values & Principles and take steps as individuals to make their lives better

  • Prioritization - Urgent Important Matrix, Tips for effective prioritization and Time Management
  • Focus - Doing the Personal SWOT to explore become self aware and aligned with life goals
  • Accountability - Taking accountability for building a strong people network, finding sponsorship
  • Communication - Taking credit where it is due, negotiating effectively, sitting at the table, etc
  • Collaboration - making your partner a true partner, building support network @ home and @ workplace
  • Inspect and Adapt - Self retrospection and gathering feedback

 

Experience Report from my workplace: Talk will be supported by an experience report of fellow lady colleagues from my account of 200 plus people, where all development projects are implemented using Scrum ( Statistics about the account and the women workforce representation, Agile Team Roles and Gender Preferences (approx. 90% POs are women and approx. 80% architects or technical leads are men), What is going right? What is going wrong?

 

Learning Outcome

  • Increased Awareness on challenges faced by IT Women
  • Increased awareness on how biases and other factors contribute
  • Certain steps that should be taken to help oneself and other fellow women colleagues to grow up in career
  • Points on how Agile plays a part and how we can leverage Scrum Values and Scrum ceremonies to drive the message

Target Audience

Everyone

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  • Anish Cheriyan
    By Anish Cheriyan  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Prajakta,

    Thanks for the topic. If you have some videos from the past presentation please share the link. In the topic, you have mentioned that women can take inspiration from Scrum values and principles. Can you please add some examples or cases of implementing this.

    Thanks and Regards
    Anish Cheriyan

    • Prajakta Thakur
      By Prajakta Thakur  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Anish,

      In this talk I have tried to bring out how some of the Scrum principles of Prioritization, Focus, Accountability, Communication, Collaboration, Inspect & Adapt which can be easily applied in our day to day lives. Majority of Product Owners in my account are working mothers who usually face the challenge of maintaining work life balance and try to nurture their aspirations while focusing on self, family, career, social obligations and so on. While there is no one solution and contexts would differ, Scrum inspires us with some guiding principles which can be well applied to help resolve the challenges. My talk aims to bring out the same. 

      Thanks