Dr. Ashay will be presenting the following session
  • Dr. Ashay Saxena

    Dr. Ashay Saxena / Deanna Spowart - Are agile organisations really inclusive?

    45 Mins

    Are agile organisations really inclusive? Surely, given the fundamental principle of “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” and the fact that almost every agile approach embeds collaborative practices, the answer should be yes. And yet, the lived experience of many people contradicts this. Putting these assumptions and hypotheses to the test, the Business Agility Institute undertook an ambitious, year-long, research project and heard from 500 people globally.

    What we found is that there is a lack of understanding about diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). Many people shared their personal experiences about feeling excluded or knew of others who had been. In most cases, DE&I was not part of the agile transformation designs; for either employees or customers.

    In 2021, we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to DE&I in agile organisations and learn from those organizations who, as we discovered in our research, are intentionally designing their new ways of working to be inclusive. As thought leaders and change makers, we want to share ways you can make a difference to people in your team and create an organisation where everyone can belong. Impacting not only your employee experience but your customers' experience and how you serve your community.

    Deanna Spowart and Ashay Saxena, lead researchers on the project, will present the findings of their research “Are agile organisations really inclusive?” In the broader context, Deanna will share practical guidance on being an inclusive team member and Ashay will share what the agile organisations need to do embrace inclusion.

1. What got you started/interested in modern software development methods?

All the exciting tech-stuff (products, applications, services) available in present times. I have been curious to learn what goes on 'behind-the-scenes' to develop such cutting-edge software.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the software product engineering community today?

To empathize and understand customer / end-user needs 

3. What do you think are the most exciting developments in software product engineering today?

Internet of Things (IoT)

4. Why did you choose the topic(s) you will be speaking about at the conference?

In our rush to meet customer needs at lightning speed, I wanted to research and look inwards within software teams. Are agile organizations doing enough to embrace diversity and inclusion within teams?

5. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?
  • Learn about the connection between agile and DE&I - the focus on employees & customer
  • Hear about experiences that people are having in agile organisations
  • Learn about opportunities for improvement - for customers, employees and the community.
  • Be able to apply actionable takeaways in your organisation to be more inclusive
6. Which sessions are you particularly looking forward to attending at Agile India this year?

Scaling up a modern digital business to reach a million users

Team meetings that don't suck

7. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the software community?

Keep pushing the envelope by developing innovative systems!