schedule Oct 24th 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM place Ballroom C

Software development culture has been dominated by the hero. Rock stars, ninjas, and 10Xers have been the center of attention, giving the skewed perception that great software is the result of a single amazing developer. But this couldn't be further from the truth.

In this talk, Andrea Goulet, the CEO of Corgibytes, will share her experiences using vulnerability and empathy as drivers for Agile adoption and culture building. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Introduction (5 minutes) 

  • Corgibytes is a shop that focuses on legacy code. 
  • When we started, we wanted to know how to attract this tiny subset of developers to our organization. 
  • After lots of research and strategic planning, we decided that building our culture around vulnerability and empathy was our best position for growth. 

What is Vulnerability (10 minutes) 

  • Typically seen as weakness
  • Research
    • Brené Brown 
      • Vulnerability = courage; willingness to be seen; emotional exposure
    • Harvard Business Review
      • “The research shows that the personal connection and happiness employees derive from their work fosters greater loyalty than the amount on their paycheck.”
      • Leaders who embrace vulnerability increase connectedness and loyalty, which reduces turnover and has real benefits to the bottom line.

Why Vulnerability Matters in Agile (20 Minutes) 

  • Go through the 12 Principles of the Agile Manifesto and describe how vulnerability is a pre-requisite for its successful implementation.

Obstacles to Implementing Vulnerability at Your Organization (5 minutes) 

Closing/Questions (5 Minutes) 

Learning Outcome

After listening to this presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  • Articulate why embracing vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness
  • Identify specific business benefits that come with embracing vulnerability
  • See how in order to successfully adopt Agile, vulnerability is a prerequisite
  • Understand potential obstacles for implementing vulnerability at your organization 

Target Audience

CEOs, Agile Trainers, Agile Coaches, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Lead Developers, CTOs, VP Engineering

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  • Andrea Goulet
    By Andrea Goulet  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi, George. You're right in that this is often applied at a much larger level, but I think the whole idea of the talk is that vulnerability is often something that is overlooked and should be considered as a business driver. Whenever we think of a cultural norm, you need to look at it both from a top-down directive, but also from a grassroots bottom up directive, which is where I would argue this talk fits well. 

    For example, Woody Zuill's work with Mob Programming arose because he started doing it. It worked well and then he shared his ideas. Mobbing is a great example of vulnerability in action. We have to put down our guard so that we can work together to prioritize work and figure out the right direction as a team. I see this as much more applicable on an individual and team level than holistic. 

  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    Andrea, I don't think "Business Point of View" is quite the right track for this, but we may not have a track (yet) where it fits well. I think of "BPOV" as about the business driving the development priorities and direction. This is much more holistic.

    Can you help me figure this out?


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