Martina will be presenting the following session
  • Alberta Soranzo

    Alberta Soranzo / Martina Hodges-Schell - The remote leader – distant but not removed

    45 Mins

    If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that the way we think about, well… everything has to change, including the way we think about work and leadership.

    In this session, we will present the results of a research study conducted among global leaders, and explore how the pandemic has impacted the way we look after our teams, the differences between remote and in-person leadership, challenges and opportunities created by physical distance, and how to prevent it from also becoming emotional and intellectual distance.

    We start from a set of questions we’ve asked ourselves both in the past and more recently:

    • How do you create and maintain connection and trust when you cannot look someone in the eye or walk by their desk?
    • How do you oversee work, advice, mentor and help people grow at a distance?
    • How does a team that can’t get together, stay together?
    • What kind of additional or different support does your team (and you) need?
    • And more…
1. What got you started/interested in modern software development methods?

I've always been curious about how we can collaborate better to solve meaningful problems for people. As a UX designer, I started by seeking ways to work together with developers in the early 1990s. 

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

I see the biggest challenge where the culture, mindset and ways of working of modern software development are not integrated and aligned with the rest of the organisation. 

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

While a lot of us have experience leading teams remotely, the global pandemic has faced us all with new and urgent challenges. In our research with leaders, we found sharing our different approaches and lessons learned to be invaluable.

4. Which sessions are you particularly looking forward to attending at Agile India this year?

I'm particularly looking forward to hearing from Alberta Soranzo about architecting change. 

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

I'm really excited to be part of such a vibrant global community and look forward to hearing how everyone has been advancing our practices.