Individuals and Interactions, A Return to the Essence of Agility
In 2001, when The Manifesto for Agile Software Development was created, the original authors wrote “…we have come to value Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools”. They did not mean that processes and tools have no value but that one of the biggest determinants of success when developing software lies with the individuals involved and the way that they interact together and with the wider stakeholder community; yet so often when talking to people in agile teams we hear that particular tools, frameworks, and processes are mandated by their organization, indeed many organizations start by selecting processes and tools to start their agile journey. Teams often find that it is very difficult to change the mandated tools and that the tools often require them to follow certain processes in order for the tool to work. At this point, the tool owns the process which owns the people, which is – of course – the wrong way around. This year’s gathering will focus on the importance of skilled, professional individuals, empowered to do their best work and respected as professionals by their organization and how by having empowered and respected individuals interacting together great things can happen and great products can be created.
The Essence of Agile: Empowering People to own their own processes and tools rather than being owned by the process and tools. Explore how to empower people and teams and discover how much more value can be created when people and teams are fully empowered to be the best that they can be. Also explore what happens when people and teams aren’t empowered and are owned by their processes and tools.
Creating the Agile Organization: Teams, Teams of Teams, and moving beyond teams into the wider organization. Learn how to move beyond a single team or a few teams into the wider organization. Moving beyond the IT teams even into other areas of the organization such as HR, sales, marketing, and even the executive.
Collaborating Effectively with Customers, Users, and other Stakeholders: Creating products that delight all the stakeholders. Extend agility beyond the development organization by learning how to engage effectively with customers, end users, and other stakeholders, after all – we don’t just want teams and organizations that are awesome at delivering software, we want to make sure that the software we deliver creates the maximum value we can for our customers and users.
All tracks are accepted sessions within the following categories. There should only be ONE primary target audience and should be carefully considered based on the content of your session.
Level 1 – I've started the journey – You’re at or near the start of your agile journey, but that’s ok because help is at hand to enable you to accelerate your learning to give you an early boost to transform your world of work.
Level 2 – I've made good progress but still have a way to go – You’ve taken those early steps, started to learn by experimenting and you have now whet your appetite and are looking for ways to learn more and to help others to transform their world of work.
Level 3 – I'm in a good place but want to learn from the experiences of others in a similar place – You are an agile expert and now you want to know what other people like you are trying in their daily work. You may feel that it’s getting harder to learn from others but we are here to help you learn new ways to transform your organization and beyond.
Iain McKenna is an award-winning trainer, coach and practitioner who has successfully used Scrum together with other agile and lean frameworks over a number of years both in project recovery and greenfield projects. Iain has also been extremely successful in helping many organizations adopt or improve their use of Scrum including United Health, BBC, Cisco, and BSkyB.
Having worked with IT for over 30 years, Iain has a wealth of experience ranging from operations, analysis, testing, software engineering, project and programme mamagement through to IT Leadership. Iain has also been a customer and user of many software products over the years. This breadth of experience helps Iain to work with teams to build high quality products that meet the needs of all stakeholders, often exceeding expectations through innovation and focus on value and eliminating waste.
Michel Goldenberg is the longest standing French speaking Certified Scrum Trainer, having become a CST in 2009, and has built a solid reputation over the past 15 years in Agile and Lean Management transformation.
Michel loves to co-train and help people grow their own knowledge and experience of Agile and Lean Management. Michel has helped seven people to become Certified Scrum Trainers two to become Certified Enterprise Coaches. He used to work as a TAC (Trainer Acceptance Committee) member. Michel helped to grow the “Agile Tour” around the world with events in South America and Asia and he was able to add 16 new cities in the first year.
His atypical and international course has led him to work with a variety of management and operational teams in many companies across a variety of sectors, including: National Bank of Canada, Hydro Quebec, Kisio Digital, Orange Labs, Vermeg, Electronic Arts, Alcatel-Lucent, NOKIA, M6, ADEO, Leroy Merlin, and many other market leaders.