Why is my Agile Talent leaving? How can I stop that?

More and more organizations are embracing Agility and are transforming. According to 13th State of Agile Report - as many as 97% of organizations state that they practice agile development methods. This rapid change and the strong US economy has resulted in a surge in demand for talented Agile Coaches, Developers, Scrum Masters, DevOps Engineers, Full Stack Developers etc. The problem is that the demand far exceeds the supply of good agile talent. This imbalance has resulted in turbulence in the job market and consequently causing a heavy movement of agile talent.

If your organization is affected by the movement of agile talent, you should pay attention!

• How is your organization reacting to these changes?
• Want to understand why agile talent make the choice to stay or leave organizations?
• Would you like to learn about 5 pragmatic actions you can take immediately to help reduce attrition?

Join Toby Rao for an interactive discussion that will not only change your paradigm but also help you and your organization to take simple steps to control attrition.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Outline / Structure
Toby will start the session by setting the expectations and the foundation for the session. He will then present key metrics (Example- Statistics from State of Agile 2019 report) and industry trends that make a strong case for mindfully leading retention. He will discuss the unique needs of agilists and discuss the top reasons agile talent choose to move on or stay with an organization.
He will lead a table exercise during which participants will collaboratively solve a simulated problem involving increased attrition, and come up with viable solutions and an action plan. He will then facilitate a debrief to drive home key takeaways. The session will then move to a discussion of typical paradigms that influence turnover. He will conclude the session with 5 pragmatic actions that attendees can take to improve retention of agile talent.

Timelines
• Interactive icebreaker exercise and context setting 05 min
• Why does agile talent leave? 05 min
• Why does agile talent stay? 05 min
• Understanding the real impact of turnover (Table Exercise) 10 min
• Paradigms that influence turnover 05 min
• 5 pragmatic actions that can help you retain top agile talent 10 min
• Debrief and Q&A 05 min

Learning Outcome

Participants will develop a good understanding of the unique needs and wants of Agile talent. They will learn about the key factors that attract, drive away and help retain Agile talent. They will understand the challenges caused by negative movement of Agile Talent and learn simple steps that can heavily influence retention.

Taking part in the interactive and Table exercise parts of the session will help them retain the knowledge. Participants will leave this session with a good understanding of steps they can take to attract and retain agile talent in their organization.

Participants will be able to apply new techniques at their company for retention and to reduce impacts of loss of talented scrum masters, agile coaches and team members

Target Audience

Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Release Train Engineers, Management, Leads and HR personnel

Prerequisites for Attendees

None.

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