Gino will be presenting the following session
  • 45 Mins

    Any organization’s ability to focus on what matters most to their customers is directly related to their ability to get valuable feedback from them. While more and more organizations embrace agile practices during the development of their services, they often lack in how they collect feedback and therefor don’t get the benefits they are after. After all, what is the upside to investing in being able to pivot, if there is no information available to guide the direction of that pivot?

    The fact that many roadmaps leave little room for flexibility significantly contributes to this and building powerful roadmaps is a really hard task. How does one get feedback about a house without building it completely? How does one give feedback about a car without being able to drive it around the city for a couple of hours?

    This session will provide you with practical techniques on how to build a powerful roadmap for your product or service, one that allows any organization to get valuable feedback from their customers. The session is based on ideas from the draft book Powerful Roadmaps.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

Back in 2000 I got first introduced to a team working with Scrum. The method felt refreshing to me and was more in line with what I would be doing naturally. Since then I have been applying agile methods and helped other apply them as well.

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

I believe that the agile community is very close to becoming the new waterfall. While at the start of the agile movement practitioners understood the underlying principles, agile today has more and more become yet another process, yet another almost dogmatic religion. This risks hollowing out the value of agile principles and reducing the benefits to being compliant with 'agile'.

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

While many organizations claim to follow agile principles, few actually implement them. Powerful roadmaps provides a concrete way to make agile principles visible to the end user and ensure that early feedback actually provides additional benefit.

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?
  • how to address risk early
  • how to ensure risk management is more than a compliance check
  • how to get early feedback from delivering functionality to production
  • how to build roadmaps for which it's possible to 'pivot'
5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)

Coach camp and Dave Snowden's keynote