Anjali D will be presenting the following sessions
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    Anjali D leon - Careers in the Age of Accelerations: A Well Crafted Roadmap or A Drunkard’s Walk?

    45 Mins

    The rules of the game have changed! Studies indicate that by the year 2030, half of jobs will be ones that do no exist today and half the jobs of today will no longer exist. The volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity ushered in by this age of accelerations extends not just to our environment, politics, and communities, but our organizations as well. In response, organizations are undergoing a massive transformation in technology, structure, culture, and values - fundamentally changing not only what we work on, but how we work, and who we work with.

    Where does this leave our careers? If answering the question ‘Where do you see yourself five years from now?’ leaves you stuck, uncertain, confused and/or anxious, you are not alone.

    Join me for “Careers in the Age of Accelerations”. During this workshop, we will look back at your career and look ahead at organizational and cultural trends, and understand the skills and capabilities for new and emerging roles. Build the awareness and confidence to take control and navigate a career aligned to the future of work and guided by your Ikigai (reason for being).

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    Anjali D leon - Build the Right Thing with a Formalized Discovery Process

    45 Mins

    Do you have a nagging feeling that you may not be investing in building the right thing?

    Do your products have features that are rarely or never used? Does it takes your organization the full investment of building and launching a product to validate an idea? Is your organization challenged with striking the right balance between the demands of a scalable, high-quality product and innovating on the most compelling problems and opportunities for your customers?

    At Pearson Online & Blended Learning, we met these challenges head-on by creating and implementing a framework that includes early collaboration within a multi-disciplinary team and a light-weight process. Based on Design Thinking principles and practices, the framework effectively balances discovery and delivery efforts. It ensures that, across the portfolio, our investments are focused on the right things, and the efforts of our delivery teams are aligned to solving the most important problems for our customers and addressing the most valuable opportunities for our business.

    In this interactive session, learn about this discovery framework, our implementation approach, and our triumphs and challenges. Each participant will have the opportunity to reflect on how a similar approach may help them address challenges within their own organizations.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

A little over 10 years ago, when I was working as a software engineer, we implemented the Scrum framework at our organization.  We were a small company with cutting edge software but did not have any formal process in place.  When we decided to introduce Scrum, being a person who enjoyed people and process, became the Scrum Master.  I quickly fell in love with this way of working - not only was it just the light weight process that we needed in order for our small and nimble organization to scale, but I saw and experienced the magic of a cross-functional team coming together for a common mission - and everyone was able to make a meaningful contribution.  I was hooked with this way of working and wanted to bring it to more people and organizations.

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

I am saddened of the takeover of Agile by the large consulting firms, the 'certification industry' and the prescriptive way that Agile is being 'implemented' / 'installed' in organizations.  The Agile industrial complex, as I have heard it being called feels like the antithesis of the promise of agile. 

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

I am really excited to present two topics that I love talking about.

1.  Careers in the Age of Accelerations came out of people asking me about career paths in the Agile world.  In trying to answer this question, I reflected on my own career and realized that in a fast changing world, the expectation of a well laid out career roadmap is a thing of the past.  Reality can often end up looking like the unsteady meandering steps of a drunkards walk.  But that does not have to be a bad thing!

In this session, you will explore the new realities of the future of work and reflect on some important questions that will help you navigate towards a more fulfilling career using an agile mindset.

2.  Build the Right Thing with a Formalized Discovery Process.   I believe this topic is important because far too many organizations are busy cranking out features as fast as possible with little or no investment in understanding the customer's pain-points or needs.

Using the case study of the discovery process we implemented at Pearson Online and Blended Learning, I show how investing in a formalized discovery process can lead to better outcomes.

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

1.  Careers in the Age of Accelerations offers insight into future trends and a framework for navigating towards a more fulfilling career.

2.  Building the Right Thing with a Formalized Discovery Process offers a real world example of how Discovery was implemented in a large, complex organization and leaves attendees with some clear principles and expectations for implementing a similar process in their context.

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

The ethics of agile coaching

Ego, Power, Fear and leadership

Innovation accounting

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

I am so excited to engage with the Agile India community.