In Software Development, Agile is a way of developing code. It is essentially an unspoken promise of new functions, fixed bugs, automated tests etc delivered in a short period of time. Agile has became the reference approach for modern product development in the last few decades. However, we still see a lot of misinterpretation and abuse of its core values. This is so common and I would like to call this unwanted byproduct as fragile. If you don’t handle it with care, it is sure to shatter your product and loudly crash your entire team.Companies worldwide have faced many issues adopting Agile, a lot of the struggles and challenges are shared across different regions.

As organizations embark on agile transformation, many traditional project managers or business and technical leads are thrown into the Scrum Master/Product Owner role after reading a book or two and, perhaps a few days of training. In the midst of changing environments, conflicting mindsets, and other change-related issues, they are expected to start operating within a Scrum team. The main problem I see these days with agile methodologies is that it has become a branding term, many organizations want to "do agile" not because they appreciate or even understand the benefits of doing so, but just because they want to get a sticker that says I'm Agile. You bring a team together, give them some work, and yet they don't meet the organization's or manager's expectations. At the end they fail to jell, fail to perform and fail to deliver.

Why do so many organizations struggle to put in place mature Agile teams that can apply proper Agile principles and deliver awesome products? Some people will say, “Agile is hard” as an excuse to not do Agile or to become frAgile. Here we shall discuss the secrets to reboot any Agile team. Let's discuss why this happens and how we can overcome these to bring in a new cultural shift which will boost the team productivity ?

This talk consist of a series of stories that hopefully can illustrate a different approach of implementing change in the right way. We shall also analyse if what you think of agile is exactly what it is or else what tweak you need to bring in to make it work for you.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Whether you are transitioning from traditional Waterfall project management, in the midst of Agile transformation, or just trying to increase collaboration among team members, this discussion will provide some experience-based techniques for those new to or struggling with being Agile or staying in agile. We shall start with an Intro which might help me to adjust the content to be more relevant to the room. Presentation should take approximately 30 - 40 minutes and I will open it up for questions in the end. I also encourage the attendees to actively participate during my session.

Learning Outcome

After this session you will know agile is not only what you think it is. You will also know about a few beyond the class room lessons to tweak agile in a way to make it work for you or your team. You will learn more about real-world challenges transforming organizations to Agile. After the the session, attendees will also get ideas on how to build trust with the team you are intervening in and how to influence change at their organization. They will also have an understanding of multiple approaches to organization design for agile teams, as well as what to avoid as they go through the design process. Come with an open mind and go with some practical knowledge.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, PMO Organizations, Agile Coaches, Team Leads, Business Analysts, Technical Leads, Managers, Directors, QA

Prerequisite

Nothing Specific. Come with an open mind and go with some practical knowledge.

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