Agile for Normal People - non-technical teams need agile too!

schedule Nov 21st 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM place Technical skills and practices (Neuland Room)

Agile is alive and well in the technical sphere, but why should we stop there?  At the root of it teams from every discipline are simply a group of people working together to reach their goals. Their subject matter is unique but the challenges are not.  We are all normal.

Rob Villeneuve is a software developer turned CEO, and who used Agile to empower a team of 50+ at rebel.com.  This first hand account will share the transition story of rebel.com from a few agile teams into an Agile Organization.  We will explore the rewards of thinking agile at every level, from leadership to the front line, and Rob will share experiences from each department at Rebel embarking on their own Agile journey.  If you wish others in your organization would simply try agile, or would improve their understanding of why you agile, then you may have something to learn from the cross-training experiences of introducing agile to non-technical teams.

 Rob has introduced agile to teams of many sizes, disciplines, and experience levels including: Board of Directors, Leadership Teams, Sales, Marketing, Finance & Accounting, Customer Service/Call Centre, Software Development, Network Operations, and Architects (Building Architects).

 
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Agile for Normal People - non-technical teams need agile too! 

  • Why normal people need Agile too
     - The challenges teams from all disciplines face in their own words
     - We are all normal.
     - Is Agile accessable to the non-technical?
  • Top 5 excuses why agile may work for software developers but couldn't possibly help our team.
  • Success, failure, and lessons learned
  • The unexpected benefits when your entire organization practices agile.
  • Tactics for sharing agile with non-technical teams.

Learning Outcome

All teams all normal and face similar challenges. Agile isn't just for developers.  My aim is to inspire attendees to share agile with non-technical teams, and to provide a few helpful tips on getting started.

Target Audience

Those interested in sharing agile with non-technical teams

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