10 minute 'Crash course' on developing High Performing Agile Talent!

Finding 'agile ready' and high performing team-members in a truly Agile environment can be a real challenge. This is true for organizations that are new to Agility as well as those with mature Agile teams….

Let’s face it - with highly matrixed teams that are always on the move - it can be difficult to assess, train and develop team members.Hiring, retaining and developing people is not someone else’s job. We are all responsible for developing the ‘right’ talent. In my talk we will cover a lot of ground on identifying, assessing both performance and potential, and making decisions on talent investment and management.


Outline/Structure of the Lightning Talk

Join me for a fun, engaging and interactive session where I will share with you a simple approach that you can start using immediately to start identifying, assessing and managing the 'right' talent in your organization.

It is a 10 minute lightning talk that begins with an engaging poll where the audience participates. I will then share my personal experiences in both Federal and Private organizations where I successfully developed talent and built high performing teams. I will show you a simple grid that catalyzes talent development...

With audience's inputs we will get a pulse check on the agile talent related challenges faced by IT organizations of varied verticals, sizes and maturity. We will discuss how it is even more difficult to conduct 'succession planning' in Agile programs, and how critical it is to pay attention to building a pipeline of Agile Talent.

As it is a Lightning talk, I have very limited time to deliver important information, so I plan to keep it lively and engaging. I plan to present this topic that I am very passionate about in an informal fashion that involves attendee participation. My presentation material will be concise, crisp and easy to grasp.

When I presented this topic at agile2018 - I had the room packed, and got lot of kudos and great feedback. I am excited at the potential of sharing my insights here in DC at agileDC! I hope you will join me!

Learning Outcome

You will learn how to assess your team for both performance and potential, understand the difference between potential, performance and readiness.

You will learn how to facilitate simple discussions that can help you to develop a solid succession plan for your top performers and a plan to develop the others.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Project / Program Managers, PMO, Leadership

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic Agile knowledge and experience working in a team setting.

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      Toby Rao - Agile + CMMI = Oil + Water?

      Toby Rao
      Toby Rao
      Sr. Director - Agile Solutions
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      10 Mins
      Lightning Talk

      Numerous organizations across the Globe use Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) to verify their current state and improve the maturity of their organizational maturity and process capability. With the advent of Agile and the vast changes in the way Organizations build solutions, there is a vast uncertainty on the differences between the process areas and it is unclear to many, if Agile and CMMI can co-exist and create value.

      The goal of this Lightning talk is to address some of the misconceptions, gaps in knowledge and myths related to the lack of convergence between CMMI process areas and Agile methodology. It will present a clear mapping, and also educate the attendees to achieve Agile maturity while being CMMI compliant.

      Projects with mature teams that use Agile methodologies in the right way already have a high degree of compliance to CMMI requirements, and with some additional focus and effort can make their projects fully compliant. I will also share some tips and tricks to enhance your abilities to achieve your goals to be CMMI compliant while using Agile methodologies.