Agile Adoption in a Diverse Cultural Environment

In an era of technology and globalisation, many companies are thriving to succeed in cultural diversity in the workplace. While cultural diversity is definitely a competitive edge for organisations, learning to understand and respect the impacts of this diversity is essential for success.

In this highly interactive workshop we examine the impact of the cultural background on teams and individuals’ understanding and practice of Agile. Agile methodologies provide a set of values and principles forming together a philosophy or mindset. We use Hofstede’s cultural dimension as a foundational framework for understanding cross cultural aspects and map the dimensions to agile principles and values. We then interactively use a set of surveys to assess and discuss with the audience their cultural ratings and appetite for Agile values.

You will get out of this session with better understanding and better respect of the various backgrounds you work with. You will learn to appreciate the different ways of thinking, behaving and also learn how to address these differences.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Introductory Story: Asiana Airlines Crash: A Cockpit Culture Problem?

Brief introduction to Hofstede Model

Power Distance Index (PDI) - Mapping to Agile - Survey - Discussion

Individualism Versus Collectivism (IDV) - Mapping to Agile - Survey - Discussion

Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI) - Mapping to Agile - Survey - Discussion

Pragmatic Versus Normative (PRA) - Mapping to Agile - Survey - Discussion

Indulgence Versus Restraint (IVR) - Mapping to Agile - Survey – Discussion


Open discussion

Learning Outcome

Understand relation between Agile and culture

Learn to appreciate and respect different cultures

Learn to deal with different cultures

Target Audience


Prerequisites for Attendees

Good understanding of Agile principles and values

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