Have you ever been asked, “Are we agile yet?”

That’s a daunting question to answer as there is no single best way to measure adoption. Chris and Lee, experienced Agile veterans, believe that measuring adoption is not one-size-fits-all, but rather requires strategic planning tailored to the needs of that team.

Over their careers, Chris and Lee have worked with upwards of 70 agile teams. After learning and improving over several years, they have successfully developed a simple yet collaborative approach to measuring agile adoption - all while maneuvering the minefield of executives looking for performance metrics.

Join Chris and Lee as they let you in on their approach to developing an agile adoption strategy, starting with a simple survey. The pair will also share some of the challenges they encountered and how they were able to mitigate them to improve team performance.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

15 mins: Our foolproof approach to measuring agile adoption

10 mins: Practical how-to for developing an agile adoption roadmap

10 mins: Challenges and managing executive expectations

5 mins: Key learnings + Q&A

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn how to develop an effective agile adoption strategy

Participants will learn best practices around addressing management that solely wants performance accountability metrics

Participants will learn the value of creating an Agile survey to improve communication across teams

Target Audience

Executives, Agile Coaches, Analytics Junkies!

Prerequisites for Attendees

An understanding of agile and people management

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