Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Maximizing Agile Benefits through Understanding Learning Styles

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Maximizing Agile Benefits through Understanding Learning Styles

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The Agile Manifesto says we value people and interactions over processes and tools. Yet when we talk about the agile methods, we usually end up talking about processes. Agilists use timeboxing as a forcing function to draw out resolutions and decisions. What if we just needed a better way to describe our needs and issues? What if we could actually be more effective with our communication? Join Robin Foster as he explores the relationships between learning, memory, communication, teaching, and the agile framework. Discover the cognitive science behind the process of learning new information, strategies for using different learning styles to grow your brain and its mastery of concepts, and how to map these strategies to phases in the agile cycle to benefit the team's cohesion and ability to self-organize. Agile is not meant to be rigid, so why should we be rigid in the way we share information with our team members?

Robin Foster

As a DevOps engineer, Robin Foster helps agile teams develop sustainable delivery processes. He is a consultant at Coveros Inc., a company that uses agile methodology to help clients increase their software reliability and accelerate their delivery speed. Robin's experience prior to Coveros includes technology education and DevOps in educational technology. This has exposed him to a variety of technologies with an emphasis on the teamwork required to design and develop sustainable, scalable, user-friendly processes. Part of delivering both sustainability and scalability is constant learning, teaching, and sharing. Robin graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in interactive art and a concentration in game arts.