Cultural diversity is an increasingly important reality for Agile teams. The way individual team members approach agile values and principles can vary based on their cultural background. Respecting the impact of various cultural backgrounds on how team members think, and act is essential for building a high performing agile team. On the other hand, lack of cultural awareness may lead – at the least - to failure of achieving the team potential.

In this highly interactive workshop, Hofstede’s cultural model is used to examine the impact of various cultural backgrounds on agile teams. Agile methodologies provide a set of values, principles and practices forming a system of thinking. Links between Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and the Agile system of thinking are explored. Participants are encouraged to use live voting and facilitated discussions to share their thoughts on the impacts. More importantly, understanding what interventions an agile lead can introduce to the system to make cultural diversity and advantage.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

0:00- 0:02 Avianc 52: The story of a tragic flight crash resulting from cultural differences

00:02 - 00:10 Agile as a culture:

  • Agile as a culture: Defining culture and answering the question is agile a culture?
  • The Anthropologist Discovers Agile People: A collaborative exercise for the audience defining the culture of agile

00:10 - 00:25 Cultural Dimensions: An exploration of several national cultural models. I focus mainly on Hofstede and to a lesser extent Hall’s model and Eren Meyer’s culture map.

00:25 - 00:40 Cultural Mapping to Agile: An interactive discussion with the audience mapping culture dimensions to agile and discussing interventions that a lead can introduce to leverage team’s diversity.

00:40 - 00:44 Cultural Scale: A tool to Visualise your team’s cultural diversity

00:44 – 00:45 Final Remarks

Learning Outcome

Develop cultural self-awareness

Understand how cultural dimensions can impact teams understanding and practice of agile

Avoid cultural stereotypes yet learn to appreciate cultural differences and turn them to an advantage

Emphasize respect and psychological safety as cornerstones for leading a diverse cultural team

Target Audience

Agile team members working with culturally diverse teams. Agile leads leading teams or organisations with cultually diverse team members.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Good understanding of Agile values, principles and practices

Experience working with agile teams

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