Todd will be presenting the following session
  • Todd Little

    Todd Little / Joey Spooner - Resilience and Agility through Evolutionary Change and the Kanban Maturity Model

    20 Mins
    Experience Report

    Agility is the ability to adapt to changing situations.  Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity.  As organizations have discovered, agility alone is not sufficient; resilience is needed as well.  Both are fundamental to the Kanban Method.

    Many people think Kanban is just a project tracking board, whether it is stickies on the wall or in a tool like Trello or Jira.  But Kanban is much more. The Kanban Method is a model for evolutionary change that helps organizations continually improve their service delivery.  Those organizations that get good at evolutionary change not only improve agility but also build their resilience.

    Such is the path through the Kanban Maturity Model, where we have codified patterns that have been observed over the past 12 years of Kanban implementations.  We have mapped 150 practices against observable business outcomes at 7 levels of organizational maturity, each level of maturity improving in both agility and resilience.

    Join Todd as he shares how the Kanban Method can start your evolutionary change towards both agility and resilience.

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

In the late 90's ran into Jim Highsmith and a few others that were finally talking about software development consistent with what I had been doing for 20 years.

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

There is a huge misunderstanding of uncertainty and discovery.  People are certain that they know things that are unknowable. And it's not just software development. Manipulating uncertainty is the foundation of politics.

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

Regardless of the so called challenges of software engineering, it's pretty damned amazing what has happened in the digital world in a short period of time. The pace will continue to be fast as competitors will continue to outdo each other. 

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

We see organizations struggle with agile transformations for a number of reasons. Two common problems are trying to take on too much and invariably failing, and the second is stalling out and failing to reach potential gains.  The Kanban Maturity Model provides pragmatic, actionable guidance for how to navigate evolutionary change to avoid these two challenges.

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

The Kanban Method is more than stickies on the wall.  It is an approach to evolutionary change starting for where you are now.  First understand your system and then start to improve it. The Kanban Maturity Model provides the roadmap to guide your evolutionary change.

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

I always love to hear what crazy new ideas Linda Rising has.  And Ward is pretty awesome too.

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

It has been great to be part of the Agile India community since 2014