Agile + DevOps West 2023 Concurrent Session : 360 Degree View of Agile Mindsets

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Thursday, June 8, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am

360 Degree View of Agile Mindsets

Agile presentations frequently discuss the difference between doing versus being agile and the importance of shifting to an Agile Mindset. They also mention the role of an organization’s culture in making that shift. But we don’t spend much time trying to understand the underpinning values that shape those mindsets or the influence that mindsets and culture have on one another. For those of us instantiating agility in an organization, the biggest challenge is working up and down the organizational hierarchy to shift individual mindsets. To do that we have to 1) understand the internal values held by those we are working with, 2) provide meaningful training, modeling, and other inputs that help them see how they are aligned (or misaligned) with agility, and 3) influence, as much as possible, individual shifts in a way that promotes agility as a cultural norm in the organization. In this session, Shaun Bradshaw will explore techniques to understand the underpinning values of your team mates, managers, and leaders and how to work with them to shift their mindsets toward more agility. Shaun will also discuss how the right strategic shifts (or lack thereof) can lead to successfully adopting agile within your organization.

Zenergy Technologies, Inc.

Shaun Bradshaw is Vice President of Agile & Quality of Zenergy Technologies, a modern software delivery solutions firm with multiple industry experts under one roof. With more than 25 years in the IT industry, Shaun is a recognized expert, coach, and thought leader in QA and test process improvement, metrics, and agile adoption. Shaun has architected the test strategy and managed large teams of testers for numerous projects, including multi-year software development implementations. Shaun has been practicing agile since 2006 and spends a majority of his consulting time assisting organizations through their agile transformations, coaching leaders, managers, and teams to embrace both agile practices and agile mindsets.