Agility can provide great results or increase team performance. What about its side effects? My goal is to bring attention to all sorts of side effects, which are often underestimated during and after a transition towards Agility. From conflicts to good team spirit, from employee resignation to higher employee retention, you will definitely experience both negative and positive side effects.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

I will make sure to leave place for comments during the talk. I want people to have a the feeling that this is a conversation with the. Question I cannot or should not answer on the spot will be addressed at the end.

  • Introduction (3-4 min);
  • What to expect in the beginning (7-9 min);
  • What you will observe after a while (7-9 min);
  • What are the benefits when the team reaches their cruising speed (7-9 min);
  • Conclusion (3-4 min);
  • Q&A (8-10 min).

Learning Outcome

For managers:
– What to expect when a team becomes Agile

For Scrum Masters/Agile coaches:
– New ideas to share with their clients

For Developers/Team Members:
– To identify behaviours they could witness or they display without knowing, and understand where this comes from
– Learn tricks on how to cope with this.

Target Audience

Managers, Scrum Masters, Developers and other Team Members

schedule Submitted 7 years ago

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  • Rob Villeneuve

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    Rob Villeneuve
    Rob Villeneuve
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