Its really about Value, Flow & Quality

Some of us, have now lived more than a decade with Agile methods. The revolution came in with a great promise and we were attracted because we saw in it an approach which if nothing else wouldn't make us toil for 1-2 years before we realised there was little to no business value in what we were burning the night oil and charging our clients for. When we explored the methods we found it to be a lot more then just a risk reducing technique and here we are living and breathing among continuous and iterative delivery models.

Looking back however, we find we have become iterative for sure and there is a definite sense of cadence. But the real promise - increased business value with reduced concept to cash lead times still seems elusive. A sense of dogma has crept in, even in the Agile ceremonies. They happen, but there is little soul. If you look around team members are still burning out; we have avoided the famous waterfall death march but it is still a very soul-less stride.  And organisations, do not feel that they have reaped all the benefits which were promised. There is just a handful of companies who seem to be living the values and are  really nimble in the market place. What went wrong?



Outline/Structure of the Talk

This session is really about Agile via first principles.

Our focus on people, interactions, working software, collaboration and change instead of process,tools, documentation, contracts and plans got the attention but did not get internalised by all. So while we are adopting “Agile” methods we have not become “agile” yet.

This is a call to get back to first principals. There is a need to explain knowledge workers on the ground as well as sponsors, “Why” the Agile principals work and leaders need to do more than just support the change, they need to know, behave and do the right things. Lastly coders and technologists in the middle of most Agile transformations, do need to learn and love their craft.

The session takes through key concepts around people, business value, product development flow and quality via fast feedback, and invokes people to understand and let their team understand these fundamental principals  first to lay a strong foundation, before building an Agile enterprise on top of it. It is only then the “real transformation” happens and business value gets delivered faster into the hands of the end consumer.

Learning Outcome

The audience while appreciating simple & practical concepts of Value, Flow and Quality as essential ingredients of Agile transformation and success will  also be able to appreciate the theoretical underpinnings behind these simple concepts using Cynefin Model, Donald Reinersten's Product Development Flow principals, Little's Law and few others.

There would also be practical guidance, tips and tricks shared from a successful local large development organisation recently going through the process of reinventing themselves using these first principles and then adapting from and reapplying Agile methods like Scrum and Kanban successfully to their needs.

Target Audience

Agile transformation sponsors, Change Agents, Technology Professionals, Program Management Professionals, Product Owners, Scrum masters and Team Members

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  • Srinath Chandrasekharan
    By Srinath Chandrasekharan  ~  4 years ago
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    This is an interesting topic , especially as you said "only a handful of companies seem to be living the values..." Can you  add any video of any session you have done earlier.

    Also the idea of this theme is to share experience from the projects and content should be more experiential , so please keep this in mind




    • Rishi Raj Srivastav
      By Rishi Raj Srivastav  ~  4 years ago
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      Thanks Srinath for the comment. It is an interesting topic indeed and quite close to my heart. The whole idea of the session is to present practical experiences from recent work (even have people from recent development teams co-present with me) and the approach, but also talk about "Why" that approach worked and why some of these fundamental principles work if adhered to well. 

      As for video, I will add it to the proposal, for your and anyone else's reference.

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