Terry will be presenting the following session
  • Terry Haayema

    Terry Haayema - Agile transformation or just another restructure?

    45 Mins

    Is your agile transformation just another restructure?  Is everyone being shuffled around into Tribes?  Villages?  Crews?  Are people reporting horizontally into Chapters?  Is there talk of how we need to go faster?  Were decisions made behind closed doors?  Was the focus on structure as if that will change everything?  Consultants engaged who created lots of PowerPoint presentations with lovely motherhood statements about how our people are our greatest asset and the new structure will break down silos and allow us to go faster?

    Then it’s announced, teams are shuffled around into squads, tribes, chapters, etc..  As the transformation builds up speed, everyone gets some training and there is a massive amount of change management comms, presentations, and events.

    Big up front plans,… Big bang change,… Heavy Change Management,… Does that sound like waterfall?

    In this talk we’ll discuss a better way by actually being agile about the way we approach agile!

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

In the 1990s I worked with an amazing team of fantastic developers that challenged each other to get better every day and be the best we could.  We achieved levels of pipeline automation and quality that very few teams to this day can emulate, even though most of what we had to build ourselves is available as off the shelf products. 

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

Culture.  I still see teams of fabulous people treated as if tey are merely minions.  We hear them being called 'resources' as if they can be dug out of the ground and easily replaced.

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

Chaos engineering is one of my favourite recent developments in that it expands on the agile mindset and develops an appetite for experimentation.

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

I chose the topic, "Agile transformation or just another restructure?" because I feel it is one of the most significant organisational impediments at the moment.

So many organisations are approaching their agile transformation as if it should start with structure and are actually being immensely waterfall in how they approach it.

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

How to establish a vision for WHO your agile transformation will help you to become.

How bringing the people impacted 'into the tent' and 'giving them the pen' will significantly uplift your change management, (a lot like involving the customer in our decision making!)

How to use agile approaches to the agile transformation itself and how that differs from the tired old discussion about "top down or bottom up"

How to turn your agiel transformation vision into a roadmap of outcomes that you can break down into a release plan, (a lot like individual teams qwould do but at a different scale.)

How to define, baseline and report on success measures and metrics. (NOT velocity)

Various tools, tips and techniques to help team members and leaders approach their agile transformations in agile ways.

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

SO many, I'm excited by the whole program!

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

We are reinventing the world!