Dana will be presenting the following sessions
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  • Dana Pylayeva

    Dana Pylayeva - Journey without fear. Leading your teams to high-performance.

    45 Mins
    Psychological Safety has been identified as a #1 condition for creating high-performing teams by Google’s Project Aristotle. Yet, many organizations today find themselves being affected by fear in the workplace. It manifests itself in employee's disengagement, lack of innovation and toxic working environments.
    How can we start taking the first steps away from the culture of fear and towards a culture of psychological safety?
    Join this interactive session to experiment with a new "Fear in the Workplace" and "Safety in the Workplace" games (designed by the speaker) and start these difficult conversations in a fun way. Discover a number of safety enhancers that can help you, your teams and your organization on this journey.
    Highly experiential, this session is designed with elements of Training from the Back of the Room and brings together “tried and true” practices from the years of coaching teams in US, Canada, Ireland and Japan.
    Join in to learn by doing and bring back a set of practices designed to significantly improve psychological safety in teams and organizations.

  • Dana Pylayeva

    Dana Pylayeva - DevOps Culture Simulation (with Lego and Chocolate Game)

    90 Mins

    Organizations today can no longer afford to deliver new features to their respective markets once a year or even once a quarter. In an attempt to catch up with the competition, they jump start their DevOps journey with the "How", while losing the sight of "Why" and "What".

    Join this tutorial to gain a solid understanding of fundamental principles of the DevOps culture and avoid typical DevOps anti-patterns.

    In this gamified simulation you will become a part of a "large enterprise" and experience how DevOps will help to eliminate silos. You will experience the benefits of cross-training and start adopting systems thinking. You will participate in the debriefing with Liberating Structures and gain valuable insights that can be immediately applied in your organisation.

    The workshop is designed to be equally accessible to technical and non-technical audience alike. It bring together years of practical experience in IT, experiential learning models, elements of game design, Lego, Chocolate, and facilitation with Liberating Structures.

    Engaging, simple and powerful, this workshop is not to be missed.

  • Dana Pylayeva

    Dana Pylayeva - DevOps Culture Certified Trainer

    480 Mins

    Unique opportunity to get trained by the author of one of the most effective DevOps Culture simulation, prepare for DevOps Culture Certified Trainer exam (DCCT) from CertiProf© and gain competitive advantage in DevOps training marketplace.

    First time in India! The latest 2020 version of this popular simulation (ran at 45 conferences in 15 countries).

    This train-the-trainer workshop will prepare you for many successful facilitations of DevOps Culture simulation and give you access to the licensed training material (PowerPoint slides, handouts, flipcharts design etc). You will learn to run effective debriefing with your groups and help them connect learning from the simulation with solutions to the real-life challenges in their organization.

    The simulation is designed for a broad audience, enabling participants to gain the insights into the “Why” and the “What” of the DevOps before jumping into the “How”. Through this powerful role-based simulation, participants experience the benefits of cross-training, learn to eliminate silos, "shift left" on security, adopt systems thinking and practice optimizing the flow of value from business to development and to IT operations.

    Become one of the DCCT holders - DevOps change agents who are able to create the DevOps Culture simulation experience, providing participants with additional insights into taking the next steps to embracing DevOps mindset and leading organizational change. Guide your workshop participants through the experiential discovery of the following practices: optimizing flow, amplifying feedback loop and growing safety culture. Deliver real-life examples from medium to large size organizations, latest findings from the State of DevOps report and key ideas from “The Phoenix Project” by Gene Kim.

    This unique simulation uses cognitive neuroscience principles, game design theory and elements of “Training from the Back of the Room” framework.

    Learn from the game creator, prepare for DCCT exam from CertiProf© (included in your registration) and help make DevOps culture experience accessible to all – business stakeholders, C-level executives, IT management, techies and non-techies alike.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

I am an accidental Agilist. Back in 2005, I was at a development conference and attended a session about Agile, simply out of curiosity. That session opened up a new world for me ! Immediately after coming back from the conference, I convinced my project team to give Agile a try. A few weeks later, we wowed our customers with the results (for the first time in 18 month!) There was no way back to waterfall for me since then.

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

The" Law of Raspberry Jam" effect. Many organizations are seeing only a thin layer of agility, which gives them a very limited understanding of the values, principles and the whys behind Agile. It does leave, however,  a bad taste and gives them just enough of exposure to say "Agile doesn't work here".

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

I am bringing two sessions and a post-conference workshop this year. All of them are focused on culture and importance of psychological safety for achieving teams' high-performance with Agile or DevOps. All of my sessions are highly experiential and engage participants in learning by playing, debriefing and connecting with others in a fun and safe way. 

"DevOps Culture with Lego and Chocolate simulation" is my most well-known one. It's short, effective and offers an opportunity to experience the benefits of DevOps Culture, explore some challenged that organizations may run into during their DevOps transformation. It delivers a highly technical topic in a very accessible way, suitable for techies and non-techies alike.

Another game I am bringing to Agile India is "Fear in the Workplace". You will get to play with it in "Journey Without Fear. Leading Your Teams to High-performance." session, which will focus on enabling difficult conversations to be conducted in a way that's fun, open and helps the teams to build the culture of psychological safety.


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

1. Psychological safety is a key factor of success. When Agile, DevOps or another cultural change is introduced in an organization, it is important to recognize the current cultural landscape and address existing and new fears in the workplace. 

2. When combined with effective debriefing, agile games and simulations can be very powerful in driving cultural change, facilitating difficult conversations and enabling collaborative learning.

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

I am very intrigued by "Ego, Power, Fear ...and Leadership" session by Oana Juncu and looking forward to discovering parallels with my work in this space.

Another session I am planning to attend is "Boredroom" games and how to play them SMARTER.

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

I am continually inspired by the multitude of ideas and experiences of the agilists I meet around the world. Don't keep these experiences to yourself.  If you haven't started sharing them at local meetups, user groups and various conferences, still waiting for the right time, I want you to know that the right time is now!