Agile & Organizational Culture
Agile teams and organizations need to embrace a “See the Whole” mentality as they adopt and adapt Agile practices. Systems thinking is a great guide in how to evaluate this whole from an external perspective. In this tutorial, we will conduct a series of games to help participants understand fundamentals of systems thinking with regard to delayed feedback loops, external pressures, and more, and see how these change our perspective on effective Agile practices. Our goal is to help participants bring guidance back that can improve their cultures.
As Agile is adopted by large enterprises, the number of transformation success stories has grown. But, transformation is an ongoing process, and maintaining organizational change is difficult. So, what happens after the success stories? What can IT leaders expect once the honeymoon is over? In this talk, Chuck Maples, SVP of R&D at Borland, will address these questions head-on, sharing his experiences in Borland’s Agile transformation. He’ll discuss the challenges that can emerge after the initial phases of transformation give way a new stage in the journey.
Agile software development means collaboration, and increasingly this collaboration will cross boundaries of organizational and national culture. The session introduces models of culture and explores the impact of cultural differences on software development processes and methods, especially those involving the practices common in agile development. The session will be organized around two collaborative games that illustrate how cultural differences interact in the software development workplace. Our aim is better understanding of the issues and how to manage them.
What happens when your organization practices Agile software development for many years? Well, you get pretty good at Agile: you are able to apply Agile with reducing effort on challenging projects. But there is another interesting side-effect which is that your people internalize Agile values, so much so that Agile becomes second-nature to everyone!
In this photo tour, come see how a culture is infected with Agile thinking, you will see how we apply Agile to many activities like training- sessions, recruitment, staffing, office reforms, strategic decisions and more.
It is the late-80’s and the U.S. Department of Defense is rolling out a new state-of-the-art system for scheduling satellite tracking stations that uses a text-driven display and communication over serial lines. Now 15 years, 3 failed replacements and over 20 million tax payer dollars later a final attempt at replacing the crippled system gets underway…using Agile. This experience report will cover the challenges faced developing a critical application in iterations while satisfying the customers requirement that deliverables be made using the traditional waterfall lifecycle.
Traditional thinking holds that the more critical the application, the more tightly its development must be planned, staged, and controlled.
If you’re a practicing Agilist who has tough questions about Agile methods, how they fit together, or how they can be more widely adopted in your organization, then this session is for you. This energy-filled workshop explores the central themes of Agile Project Leadership, why they work, when they don’t and why. Delegates are expected to come with their difficult questions about Agile. Answers will be explored and shared in a fun and interactive way.
Panelists: Yael Dubinsky, Amr Elssamadisy, David Hussman, Linda Rising
Moderator: Orit Hazzan
Diversity can be expressed in different ways, such as, worldviews, minorities, cultures and skills. Studies tell us that diversity benefits with societies that foster it. Diversity is also perceived as a powerful management practice, and therefore, not surprisingly, diversity is introduced into agile environments. In the panel the panelists present their views at diversity, specifying how diversity can be expressed and fostered.
This report shares the successful adoption of agile practices in redefining the support group in our IT Organization. The report includes a unique organization of a collaborative, team-based approach to handling support requests, benefits achieved, lessons learned, and the next steps towards continual improvements for the customer experience and excellence in software development & support. We describe how an organization can use an innovative approach to transform the culture and the effectiveness of the support organization from an operational cost center to a value-added thought partner.
Are you thinking about trying agile approaches? Do you have an agile transition underway? Is your team or organization trying to become agile, but been less than successful thus far? A foundational implication – and the biggest potential roadblock – of the agile manifesto is culture change.
Therefore, to be successful with agile approaches and especially to scale them, you must go beyond agile technical practices and simultaneously tackle culture changes. This session shows why this is so, introduces a simple culture model, and gives you an opportunity to try out a culture tool.