Sunil will be presenting the following session
  • Sunil Mundra

    Sunil Mundra - Embracing Complexity-A Case Study of leveraging 'Agent' Interactions

    20 Mins

    The primary challenge which leaders are facing is to evolve their enterprises to deal with increasing complexity in the external environment. Leaders are constantly having to deal with circumstances which are volatile, ambiguous and uncertain, which are the result of increasing complexity.

    In this talk, the speaker will focus on one key characteristic of complexity, viz. how interaction between 'agents' in a complex system produces value. The speaker will present a case study of how leaders in an enterprise leveraged this characteristic to create value, in their Agile Transformation journey..

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

I joined the s/w industry as SME in Finance, and went on the ply the PO and BA roles in waterfall environment, for 10 years. The challenges of working in a traditional development environment were evident, but at time I was not exposed to modern methods (Agile, Lean etc.)

And then I joined Thouightworks, who are pioneers in modern s/w dev. methods. I could clearly see how these methods largely addressed the challenges arising out of the rigidity and big bang nature of development created. It got me wondering why these methods could not have been known and adopted earlier. This is what got me interested in these modern methods





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

I think the biggest challenge I see is that Business/Product and IT are sitting on 2 different sides of the table. Each has their own success criteria, and if they don't share common measure of success it creates a lot of friction.

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

I think the realization that that users are not seeking fulfilment of a functional need but also need a wonderful experience is a very heartening development. 

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

My experience in consulting and coaching has clearly brought out the fact there is very little awareness and appreciation of complexity. Most people think complicated and complex are synonyms, which they are clearly not. I see a common pattern that complicated approaches are being applied to complex situations, which is by default a guaranteed recipe for failure. 

My talk aims to create about how complexity can be leveraged to enhance agility

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

I want to highlight the fact of how interactions between 'agents' of a system create tremendous value, which goes beyond 'agents' value coming from their own work.

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

I have not yet studies the schedule in details, so don't have an opinion as of now.

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

Embrace VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) and have a bias for action. Every intervention is a complex system, which is what s/w dev teams are enterprises are, is a hypothesis and the only way to test it through taking action.