Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Transforming a Team of Agile Skeptics into Agilists

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Transforming a Team of Agile Skeptics into Agilists

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Teams can hesitate to adopt agile practices, even when there’s a clear desire for transformation at the executive level. But there are strategies for coaching agile-skeptical teams into an agile mindset. Scott Weiner will detail an approach in depth, including working with leadership to create transparency and space for the team to experiment and learn, adopting a retrospective process and using it as an engine for change, educating the team on agile’s value while focusing on a small set of goals, and building trust and shared understanding by problem-solving collaboratively. We’ll discuss how to align the team on metrics, clear goals, and expectations of what “good” means; develop management support; and build a culture of trust, respect, risk-taking, and continuous improvement, even in the most skeptical of teams. And we’ll provide specific examples of the strategy in action within a variety of teams. You'll learn the foundational elements of a coaching plan for agile-skeptical teams and how to align it to each team’s unique characteristics. Instead of imposing an agile transformation, come get techniques for winning teams over and getting them to realize agile’s benefits.

Scott Weiner

Scott Weiner is a trusted adviser and agile strategist passionate about developing high-performance teams and supporting better executive decisions through strategic planning and effective coaching. He has educated and lectured many thousands of software engineers, managers, and executives over a twenty-five-year career in technology, project management, organizational theory, and leadership; developed hundreds of programs for various organizations around agile principles, many of them dealing with multinational and remote team challenges; coached hundreds of teams and dozens of organizations; and as a former CEO, CTO, and VP of Engineering, led many successful software teams.