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  • Angie Doyle

    Angie Doyle / Talia Lancaster - 3... 2... 1... We have Sprint-Off

    90 Mins

    Getting new teams to work together is hard. Really. Hard.

    Is it because there is so much hype around new Agile teams? Or is it because there is such a focus on “doing things right” (or “doing” Agile right), that we forget about the people actually doing the work? Regardless of the reason, before we can change the way people work... we need to focus on the things that are important for teamwork to work!

    We believe that the key to high-performance teams is creating an intentional culture that respects and embraces diversity - whether it be race, gender, class, culture, age, beliefs, language, skills or background. So join us as we explore the Team Canvas – sort of like a Business Model Canvas for teamwork - covering nine essential teamwork elements:

    • Purpose - Why we are doing what we are doing?
    • People & Roles - What are our names, roles, and responsibilities?
    • Common goals - What do we as a group want to achieve together?
    • Personal goals - What do I as an individual want to achieve?
    • Team values - What do we really stand for and believe in?
    • Needs and expectations - What do each of us need to be successful in a diverse team?
    • Rules & Activities - How do we communicate and keep everyone up to date?
    • Strengths & Assets - What skills do we have in the team?
    • Weaknesses & Risks - What are the weaknesses we have, as an individual and as a team?

    During this session, we walk through our agenda for team lift-offs, facilitation posters and preparation work required, materials needed, and facilitation tips and tricks. All packaged in a handy pocket guide, that you can use to explore tried and tested techniques for each essential element. You also have an opportunity to practice some of these techniques during the session.

    Get ready to lift-off your team in T-minus 3... 2... 1...

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

For as long as I can remember I have pursued ways to make businesses more effective, more efficient and more capable of responding to their customer's needs.  So when I first came across an Agile way of working, it was a perfect fit! Over the course of my career, I have shifted from working face-to-face with customers (Business Operations), to articulating what customers need (Business Analysis and Process Engineering), to working with teams delivering the solution (Product Development and Product Ownership), to evolving ways to deliver the solution (Agile software development at a team level), to improving collaboration of many teams working together (Business and Enterprise Agility).

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the Agile community today?

I think it depends on where you are in your journey... A common challenge is that we forget how hard change is. So we put too much focus on frameworks, instead of the people doing the work. 

3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

I am presenting two sessions with Talia Lancaster. The first session focuses on techniques you can use in a team lift-off to help teams achieve alignment and clarity. The second session provides an opportunity to play a game to help you and your teams construct better SMART goals. 

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

For both sessions, you will leave with practical techniques you can take back to your teams,

5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)

I am looking forward to "The Ethics of Agile Coaching" by Shane Hastie and "MVP and Why we confuse Building-to-Learn with Building-to-Earn" by Jeff Paton. 

6. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the Agile Community?

I look forward to connecting with all of you!