Agile + DevOps East 2023 Tutorial: Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

Many teams have a relatively easy time adopting the tactical aspects of agile methodologies. Usually, a few classes, some tools’ introduction, and a bit of practice lead teams toward fairly efficient execution. However, these teams are quite often simply going through the motions—neither maximizing their agile performance nor delivering as much value as they could. Borrowing from their experience and lean software development methods, Bob Galen and Mary Thorn explore high-performance team patterns, which are the thinking models of mature agile teams, including large-scale emergent architecture, relentless refactoring, quality on all fronts, pervasive product owners, lean work queues, stretching above and beyond, providing total transparency, saying no, and many more. Beyond the practices, Bob and Mary want you to reflect inward on your own personal growth with an emphasis on journaling, retrospectives, and a continuous improvement mindset that all good agile team members need. But beyond just talking about it, Bob and Mary show you how to pull together a personal agile growth strategy to get you there.

Mary Thorn
S&P Global Ratings

During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile transformations. Mary's expertise is a combination of agile scaling, agile testing, and DevOps, which her clients find incredibly valuable. Mary is also the chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality and an avid keynote and conference speaker on all things agile and agile testing.

Natalia Kuzmina
S&P Global Ratings

Natalia Kuzmina, PhD is a Head of Agile Practices at S&P Global Ratings division focusing on successfully leading large-scale Agile Transformations, Enterprise Agile coaching, mentoring, and teaching. Being a passionate Agilist, Technologist, and a creative problem-solver, Natalia promotes sustainable development with the people first culture. Always leading with purpose and empathy, Natalia fosters Agile values, principles, practices and is a highly motivated lifelong learner.