Chris will be presenting the following session
  • Chris Stone

    Chris Stone - 50 Shades of retrospective - Your guide to continuous improvement

    45 Mins

    An interactive exploration of my top tips, strategums, flim flams, agile hacks and otherwise for enabling continuous improvement. Choose your own adventure and influence which direction the session goes in. This session could be delivered 50 times and each time would be different.

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

I got involved after university and joining a graduate scheme in project management. From there, I began getting experience with agile ways of working to develop software and it just made sense. Why wouldn't you want to iterate frequently, learn from your progress and correct your trajectory as needed to give yourself a better chance at hitting your goals.

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

Navigating the wealth of options out there and the copy and paste mindset many have. Innovate, don't replicate.

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

The growing movement towards experimentation and co-creation of ways of working. Inviting people to be part of change rather than inflicting it upon them.

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

I'm hugely passionate about retrospectives, and believe that the key to agility is continuous improvement, the key to continuous improvement is retrospection. At the heart of retrospection is people and their interactions.

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

Keep your retrospectives fresh - Creativity + immersion = engagement

Retro your retro - Retros themselves shouldn't be excluded from continuous improvement 

Always customise your approach to the people, situation, culture and context you're facing

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

I haven't yet seen the agenda of speakers and their topics

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

The work place can be fun if you create the environment for it. With a little creativity and an experimentation mindset, work doesn't have to be dull