Things Are Broken: A Case Study In Moving Tooooooooooo Fast


It's been a driver in our industry before it was even an industry. The more Agile becomes more mainstream, the more we think it's part of the package. Books are out promising that certain frameworks can deliver twice as much in half the time. And yet, teams still struggle delivering what's expected of them.

Once I started asking people of all levels of leadership what they thought speed would give them, it allowed me to develop some experiments around those expectations.

Please join me for a case study where we discuss the need for speed, the origins of that desire, and the ways it manifests itself into deliverables. My desire is for the audience to take away some powerful learning into their places of work. Only by understanding the expectations around speed can we reset them into an environment built around trust and support for motivated individuals.

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Outline/structure of the Session

This will be a combination of an experience report and case study that has some slides and conversation geared around the topic.

Learning Outcome

Key learnings:
1. What does speed get us, really?
2. Is there a misunderstanding of speed?
3. Conversations of speed are really related to something deeper going on.
4. How can we change the conversation?
5. How to run build-measure-learn loops about speed on teams.

Target Audience

Anyone who has ever been asked to help teams move "faster".


There are no prerequisites to this session. It will be just slides and some engagement questions about my experience with speed.

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  • Awais Sheikh
    By Awais Sheikh  ~  3 weeks ago
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    Great topic. This assumption that speed is always a good thing in all circumstances is one that should be constantly reexamined (just like any assumption!)

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