“Want to be Agile Across the Extended Development Team? Collaborate!”

How can development organizations ensure building reliable systems, yet responsive to change? This is a fundamental question plaguing Agile organizations. The key is collaboration. Mark Hammer explores process changes and tools your organization can use to ensure high quality software, while maintaining the flexibility to respond to change. He highlights examples from large and small companies showing how simple changes can improve team performance, increase employee satisfaction and save the company money in expensive software fixes.

 The session highlights several key findings:

 1. PROCESS. Best practices for collaboration, focusing on what a collaborative culture looks like. How can managers foster collaboration? How can developers, testers and product managers work together to solve problems previously managed by just one of these groups?

2. TOOLS. What tools can foster collaboration across these teams? And how can these tools be used to help teams adapt to new customer findings? I review several categories of collaboration tools, with special emphasis on tools that have impacted the ability of specific companies to collaborate and improve quality metrics and results.

3. MEASUREMENT. Ways other companies have tried to measure collaboration and its impact on team performance, highlighting specific examples including companies that have put in place process and tools then measured their ROI against them.

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This is an “interactive lecture” format. Research findings are presented, two case studies explained and interaction with the audience by hearing their stories and responding to their issues. The entire session involves the audience and ensures engagement. The session is broken up as follows:

 Interactive component to assess audience interest/viewpoint on the topic;

  1. Proposal for how peer-based review can positively impact team performance, leading to increased velocity AND quality;
  2. Case study demonstrating the process, as used by a leading insurance institution;
  3. Questions and answers.

Learning Outcome

  1. Attendees leave with a better understanding of what makes a collaborative environment and how it can positively impact the bottom line.
  2.  Anyone attending from the extended development team walks away with a better understanding of the processes, tools and measurement other companies have successfully implemented to improve quality.
  3. Attendees better understand the impact collaboration can have on the bottom line, particularly for large enterprise businesses that may have difficulty managing process in a fast-paced Agile world.

Target Audience

Extended software development team – developers, testing, managers, product management.

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