Better Software West 2017 Concurrent Session - Why Agile Works—and How (Not) to Screw It Up! | TechWell

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Why Agile Works—and How (Not) to Screw It Up!

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Agile practices can be the easy part of agile. Getting people into the agile mindset is often a greater challenge. Do you have a team member who doesn’t quite support agile or someone who’s playing along but not really committed? One step toward obtaining real commitment is a better understanding of why agile works, why it’s different, and when it is the right approach. In this fast moving session, Perry Reinert provides a fun look at some of the theory that gets to the core of why agile works. Yes, we really can use the words fun and theory in the same sentence! Combining parts of the Agile Manifesto, empirical process control, and Cynefin decision-making model, Perry will leave you wondering how anybody can choose not to use these methods! After explaining the why, he connects the dots from that theory to some of the agile practices. Finally, Perry wraps up with a discussion of common ways to screw it all up—and how not to.

Perry Reinert
Independent Consultant

Perry Reinert is an agile and leadership consultant who provides training and coaching to executive and implementation teams. Perry strives to bring new agile techniques and approaches to non-development teams as well (marketing and content creation teams). As a consultant, Perry has taught and coached agile in numerous companies. A frequent speaker on agile topics at international and local events, he co-founded, and still helps run, the Phoenix Scrum Users Group and the regional Agile Arizona conference. In previous lives, Perry led development at Infusionsoft, launched rockets at Orbital Sciences Corporation, helped create large-scale eLearning systems with Cisco Systems, and taught classes at Arizona State University. Reach him at [email protected].