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    Umar Akhter - Stop Selling Software and Start Selling Lehengas

    Umar Akhter
    Umar Akhter
    CEO & CoFounder
    Koskii
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 Mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    In 2016 I quit a very successful career in IT which spanned multiple countries including US, Canada, Europe, UK, Singapore & India. I stopped selling software & started selling lehengas! This lead to building Koskii, an ethnic occasion wear brand for women with the learning of an 18 year IT & business career with a global context, working with highly intellectual people and applying those learnings in a local Indian context with a team that was only semi-literate in a business that sold ethnic apparel for women. In this talk, I will be sharing our story and how eventually we managed to set the ball rolling to build a successful retail chain with a vision to scale the world.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

Working at ThoughtWorks

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

I believe its every member of the team understanding the difference between being Agile and doing Agile.

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

 In 2016 I quit a very successful career in IT which spanned multiple countries including US, Canada, Europe, UK, Singapore & India. I stopped selling software & started selling lehengas! This lead to building Koskii, an ethnic occasion wear brand for women with the learning of an 18 year IT & business career with a global context, working with highly intellectual people and applying those learnings in a local Indian context with a team that was only semi literate in a business that sold ethnic apparel for women. In this talk, I will be sharing our story and how eventually we managed to set the ball rolling to build a successful retail chain.

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

  • The art of the possible - "passion" is the most powerful fuel
  • How to make a decision to quit your job to follow your heart!
  • Building a brand with "customer first" approach
  • Lightweight strategy that ties to execution
  • Getting all hand on the deck, even employees who dont know how to read & write!
  • Visibility & Gamification more powerful then incentives
  • Behaviour Driven Visual Merchandising

 

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

The Balancing Act

Creating a culture of innovation

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

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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