John will be presenting the following session
  • John Le Drew

    John Le Drew - Once Upon a Time in Agile

    John Le Drew
    John Le Drew
    Rainbow Laces
    schedule 11 months ago
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    45 Mins

    John will show you how changing a team is exactly what gets in the way of a team changing.

    He's focused on helping organizations create an environment that fosters safety facilitating creative collaboration.

    Stories are the foundation of the human experience. They are what define us, individually and collectively. They engage us, entertain us, bring us together and drive us apart. What stories do you tell about you? Who knows your stories? Everyone? Perhaps just a select few? Maybe, just you.

    In this session, we explore how our individual journeys to self-acceptance and alignment are also the heart of how we can work with and support teams. We will learn about how to truly help teams move towards agility, by helping them find and own their process and tell their own story. So they stay aligned and can continually realign when their context changes.

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

Back in 2005 I was working as a software engineer on a very waterfall project and thinking there just had to be a better way. I started reading about “lightweight methods”, XP and Scrum and the rest is history. 

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

I think that we have become collectively obsessed with process and forgotten about people. Our humanity is our superpower.

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

I think that more and more organisations are beginning to recognise the power of having engaged, psychologically safe teams and it’s this is awesome and will unleash us as a race. But there is still a long way to go!

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

This talk is deeply personal to me and is at the core of my own practice and approach. Supporting teams to be their best selves and their best estimation of scrum, kanban or whatever. Authentic people in authentic teams working their way.

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

The relationship between individual authenticity and “team authenticity” is critical to successful effective teams and how the people on our teams react to change, and how we can support them.