Asheesh will be presenting the following session
  • Asheesh Mehdiratta

    Asheesh Mehdiratta / Sujatha Nagaraj - Lessons in addressing data challenges while using OKRs, for driving business outcomes and bringing customer centricity

    20 Mins
    Experience Report
    • Do you know your business goals?  and is IT aligned?
    • How are you addressing data challenges (source, quality etc) for measuring Key Results?
    • What experiments you can run to make data as a first-class citizen?
    • How do you use this data (Key Results) to enhance the collaboration among teams, solve interdependencies and unify competing approaches?

    With the increased demand of organizations striving for business agility & disciplined investment management, the traditional way of alignment is becoming less relevant. Hence organizations are exploring different approaches for goal setting to track the extent to which the investment is achieving the value intended and improve the business outcomes.

    In this session, we will take you through our journey and experiences by explaining the essence of OKR framework ,our lessons learnt while addressing data challenges, the experiments to get the right quality data for obtaining the Key Results and how it helped to achieve clear alignment between IT and business teams.

    Come and join our session to learn from our experiences and pitfalls.

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

My journey started long time back on 2003 time frame when my teams started adopting extreme programming values and experimenting with various techniques outlined in the XP rules. The increased collaboration and high quality delivery with delighted users, led me down this path of learning and unlearning and I have never looked back.

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

The community has created narrow specializations and is leading to silo'd ways/standards, which is limiting our basic ethos of delivering 'working software' irrespective of the 'how' it is built and 'by whom'. We need to go back to the 'title-less' community so we don't get drown in our new 'job titles' and forget the customer pains and how we help them.

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

It is exciting to see the convergence of various platforms, which are all maturing together at the same time like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and VR/AR. We have all read the article 'Software is eating the world' but now the accelerating pace at which every industry is being disrupted is what we are seeing playing out in front of our eyes and it is amazing to be part of this journey.

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

The relationship between Business and IT has always been a tough one, with IT playing second fiddle, but with using OKRs, now we have an opportunity for IT to speak and understand the business language and build features, which impact the business outcomes. But OKRs are easy to understand but difficult to implement and our experiences have given us insights, which we wanted to share and learn from the community.

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

We hope to help our attendees with below outcomes, especially wrt. data challenges while using OKRs

  • Understand Customer centric goals
  • Learn about OKR concepts
  • Real time examples with metrics
  • Do’s and Don'ts
6. Which sessions are you particularly looking forward to attending at Agile India this year?

I am looking forward to various interesting topics like Continuous Configuration, Innovation accounting, agile coaching ethics (very close to my heart, as I am also an ICC ACC  certified coach with strong ethics), and definitely the session on the Building for a Billion : India Stack story.

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

We have matured as a community but I think we still need to imbibe true  'professional'-ism to make agile a true "profession" and "discipline" similar to other existing disciplines.