Ralph van will be presenting the following session
  • Ralph van Roosmalen

    Ralph van Roosmalen - The Art of Teams

    45 Mins

    We live in a complex world, there are no silver bullets to solve problems in this complex world. There has been done a lot of research on what makes teams successful, or what identifies a good team. The five dysfunctions of a team, the Rocket model, project Aristotle. I believe all those models have good components, but what would happen if you get the best of all those models, and also back them up with academic research?

    In this talk, I would like to share six components that will help teams to create value. Six components based on research, existing models, best practices, and my experience as a manager. This talk will explain that successful teams: have trust, are reliable, have conflicts, understand their impact, care about results and have clarity. You will learn why these six components are important but also have some practical take-aways. For example, having conflicts is easy said. However, how do have conflicts, and help teams with conflicts?

    The talk is connected to my latest book The Art of Teams.

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

Early 00, I was working in an ISV. I was part of a group to define the new way of working for software development. We spend hours, and hours discussing Word templates. Which sections, which tables, who was required to sign of which part of the document. At that moment I realized something was wrong. I realized there had to be a better way to approach complex software , and I discovered Scrum.

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

The complex projects, with all the dependencies between teams, products, etc. The scaling challenges many organizations face. Additionally, the dependency of humankind on software and therefore quality requirements of the software.

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

The proof that software products can be developed by organizations who work completely virtual!

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

I believe the only way to tackle complex challenges is to work with teams. However, I see so many misconceptions and challenges around teams. Therefore, I want to help people in helping teams to create value.

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

The six components that can help you to support your team in creating value. Additionally, the reasons why Tuckman's model will probably not work, and an alternative for this model.

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

Keep learning, keep experimenting, and connect with each other.