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  • Vishal Prasad
    Vishal Prasad
    Lead Consultant
    ThoughtWorks
    schedule 1 year ago
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    20 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    The story goes ...

    During the Agile Coach Camp at Agile India 2019, we had an interesting discussion driven by Woody Zuill around the concept of Organisational Inertia. This has been a topic of research since the early 80s with the newest research in 2000s as well. The research basically revolves around two aspects:

    1. An organisation's incapability to keep up with major shifts
    2. The resistance towards change

    These don't necessarily stop change from happening but considerably slows down the shift. With organisations struggling to survive in a VUCA world, Organisational Inertia becomes one of the critical factors for consideration. Enter, an Agile Coach! Our industries have heavily invested in them in the recent past and continue to do so in order to help them survive in this VUCA world. Shane Hastie addresses this as the Golden Age of Agile Coaching in which coaches can help the poor souls navigate themselves during a period of turmoil. I respect that.

    But my evil mind links the concepts of Organisational Inertia and the Golden Age of Agile Coaching differently; so during the Agile Coach Camp, I asked folks to run a Thought Experiment which I also mentioned in my talk during Agile India 2019.

    The hypothesis is: "We can deploy Agile Coaches in organisations and hopefully the organisations will overcome their inertia in 10 years to provide a better work experience to their employees. Contrarily, if Agile Coaches cease to exist, organisations may crumble under their inertia in 5 years and the ones left will be great places to work" ... from a Behavioural Economics standpoint, the second option seems better.

    Being a SLICE fundamentalist, I decided to run this hypothesis and began my experiment on 3rd June 2019, the day after I finished my last batch of ICAgile's Agile Coaching training. At the time of submitting this proposal, it hasn't been very long since I started the experiment, and it hasn't been easy to deliberately take a step back from coaching interventions. The observations have been interesting (if not amazing) so far and this is my experience report that I wish to share during Agile India 2020.

    My plan is to run a set of experiments until 31st December 2019 and then decide my way ahead. I mention below the observations so far that I wish to share in my talk but there may be other experiments that I'll share if provided a platform at Agile India 2020.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

The short answer would be a "sense of satisfaction".

Long version:

When I began my career back in 2008, I didn't have a clue about agile software development. I was just another programmer swiping in each day at 9AM without a clue when I would checkout. This led to my exploration for job satisfaction which even resulted in me changing roles. Only in January 2012 (with a resolution) I discovered agile ways of working and realised that I just needed to change myself in order to achieve the sense of satisfaction that I was looking for.

There was no looking back after that. The only thing that followed was a purpose - to help others achieve the same sense of satisfaction, and so far it's been a wonderful journey.

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

The lack of knowledge coupled with the lack of authentic sources of knowledge.

There's a wide array of channels propagating incorrect values, principles, and practices, with such conviction that it feels true. Top that up with the way one selectively perceives the meaning even in messages from authentic sources, it feels scary to me.

It saddens me see that the extended agile community rarely ever understand the core of agility, let aside practicing it.

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

In December 2013, I got into a habit of running structured experiments. I came up with my own method abbreviated SLICE based on the scientific method to identify hypothesis and maintain a journal of my observations. I presented the SLICE model in Agile India 2019 and for 2020 I decided to present observations around a few hypothesis for which I have been maintaining my observations.

My overarching idea for 2019 was to capture observations around how people practiced Agile Coaching and it's effects. I'm going to present a few hypothesis and observations around this from my journal.

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

Two major key takeaways that I'm targeting:

  1. Demonstrating SLICE in action so that others can adopt it as well if it fits their context
  2. Share my observations and hear from the audience if they agree or disagree with my data
5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)

Quite a few actually:

  1. Is Mindset yet another agile buzzword? by Dave Snowden
  2. The Ethics of Agile Coaching by Shane Hastie
  3. Collaboration Deep Dive by Craig Brown
  4. Creating a Culture for Innovation by Karen Ferris
  5. Neuroscience for Product Owners by Anna Obukhova
  6. Net Positive Development by Michael Feathers
  7. Beyond Estimates: Forecasting with Little's Law by Todd Little
  8. SWARMing: Scaling without a religious methodology by Dan North

and many more ...

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

Find the right avenues and authentic sources for expanding your applicable knowledge. I'm happy to say that Agile India is one of such forums.

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