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  • Sam Bowtell

    Sam Bowtell - Creating an unexpected movement for good with agile

    Sam Bowtell
    Sam Bowtell
    Certified Scrum Trainer
    schedule 11 months ago
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    45 Mins

    Creating an unexpected movement for scrum masters, agile coaches and trainers to make a huge difference to the not-for-profit (NFP) community in Australia. We all have skills that can help those less fortunate than us, we just don’t all have permission to use them for good. In this story, Sam shares how he opened the space for his team of coaches and trainers to help others, and 4 years later the movement has spread with people from 3 of Australia’s largest corporations creating great outcomes for not for profits organisations across Australia, and hundreds of attendees joining Scrum Alliance training courses at no charge.

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

I've always been fascinated by the people side of projects and technology and how we work together as humans. That led to my early passion for agile delivery methods as it came so naturally to me. 

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

All organisations want to be agile in some way, but often a lack of understanding of what this means or how to achieve it makes it challenging to implement.

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

So many companies are now moving to agile, well beyond the traditional tech companies, and within these companies people from all departments are curious ... not just the IT teams.

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

I am very passionate about how we can use the skills we all have to help organisations in the not-for-profit sector, and I hope to inspire others to do the same

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

We all have skills that can be of benefit to not for profit organisations. From my story of  sharing whats possible, will equip others to become a skilled volunteer. Many not for profit organisations want to learn about agile and scrum to run their companies, but they can't always get the expert help they need with the funding they have.

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

I think that Terry Haayema's talk  "Agile transformation or just another restructure?' will be excellent and I always enjoy listening to Evan Leybourn who is sharing 'The Shape of Agility' this year

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

Have a growth mindset. I believe that with the right environment and support that anything is possible, both as an individual and a team. Working with agile is your chance to change the world! Think big.