Why Agile Works - The Principles behind the Practices applied in non-SW environments

Agile software development has drawn from a number of disciplines to come up with good practices that work well for so many teams.  At times, these practices may seem eclectic and arbitrary yet they work really well and we don't know why.  Or, we are trying to do something but our organization is "special" so we can't do it exactly like the book says.

This discussion will peel away the "software" from Agile and look at the principles behind the practices, where they come from, and give specific examples of how they work in other disciplines.  

When we focus on the principles, it becomes much easier to get the most out of the practices and tailor them for our "special" teams without loosing the benefit.

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Outline/structure of the Session

In this session we will focus on a few Agile principles (batch size, progressive elaboration, story points).  We will look at with real life examples from non-software environments to show how these are good practices in general, and then explore why they work so well when applied to software development.

Learning Outcome

Participants will have a better understanding of the principles behind the practices to understand why we do the things we do, and be able to use this to encourage adoption and positive change in their organizations.

Target Audience

Team members looking to apply or convince teams to try Agile practices

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