Iterative Ethics: Can our moral compass be agile?

Our moral and ethical landscape has changed greatly over the last 100 years. We used to be able to view the world very much in terms of right and wrong, black and white, but today we are constantly operating in shades of grey.

We have a recipe for disaster when this is coupled with the fact that everything in our life is now run by software. We must have a way to iterate on our values, morals, and ethics to ensure we are aware of the dilemmas we face daily and the impacts of our choices.

In this session, we will cover codifying a team's ethics to be in line with their companies’ values, and include this in their definition of done (project, feature, story). We will then discuss techniques to review and iterate on ethics in line with the usual feedback cycles.

Basically, let's make sure our work is something we would want to bring home to our mum.

Coming from experience in his current coaching role in the Australian Gambling industry coupled with a background of delivering agile marketing strategies and technology across the Asia Pacific region, Will is uniquely positioned to highlight ethical and moral success stories as well as failures.

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Outline/structure of the Session

0:00 - Introduction and opening
Set the Scene
0:05 - Ethics for past generations
Problem Statement
0:10 - Ethics in our generation
0:15 - Codifying a team's ethics
0:25 - Ethics in the DoD

Learning Outcome

  • Appreciation for the need to consider ethics as part of all of our work
  • A call to action to codify teams' moral compass in line with companies' values
  • Take away ideas to add ethics and morals to story, feature, and project level definition of done

Target Audience

Anyone with an understanding and use of basic agile principles, including definition of done, that is interested in doing work they would be proud to show their mum (technology or otherwise).


Have a basic understanding of agile principles and techniques, specifically the definition of done.

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