Presentation: "It's a review, Jim, but not as we know it." (Dave Bales)

Ok so the team have just gotten over their honeymoon period, are highly motivated and have an unstoppable momentum on their new agile project. The outlook is fantastic, the organization is impressed, skills and quality are improving.What could possibly go wrong?

After the consultants have long gone, the sustainability of agile principles and practices may be the toughest challenge of any agile adoption. What can be done to retain that freshness of agile techniques that were once bright, shiny and new? How do you retain the knowledge and experience of what an agile team looks and feels like? How can you ensure that agile anti-patterns don’t begin to appear? How does an organization avoid regressing back to its process heavy comfort zone?

This talk presents some observations from long-term involvement with adoption initiatives and provides some insights to establishing a longer lasting cultural shift.


Our Speaker:

Dave Bales is New Zealand’s first Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), and has an IT career that spans 19 years in the investment finance and government sectors. He has managed software development teams for over 12 years, leading them through some rocky projects and scary change programs. Over the past 4 years he has established 20+ agile teams throughout NZ, often working within an organization to assist with their longer-term adoption initiatives.

He holds a BEng. in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc. in Software Engineering and is a Chartered IT Professional with the British Computer Society. He also has a cycling proficiency certificate. In his spare time Dave is sadly addicted to TED talks and the Harvard Business Review, much to the annoyance of his wife.

You might also find him clinging for dear life on the local climbing walls or intermittently begging for mercy whilst trying to complete a 10k run. As usual drinks at 4.30 and presentation at 5pm.

As usual drinks at 4.30 and presentation at 5pm.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the feedback and I have to agree with pretty much all of the comments.

    Retro Improvements : I'll look into getting a mic + amplifier, have at least 3 weeks of prep time, include evidence and metrics to back up claims, produce a cohesive story/journey, make content relevant to the audience, research the agile adoptions of many more organizations world wide.

    Anyway, it's definitely an experience standing up there and would recommend it for anyone with a story to tell ;o)

    August 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very difficult to hear Dave which made following the presentation difficult. And found myself wondering what were the key points - more context and a more logical flow to highlight his conclusions would be helpful.

    August 25, 2011

  • Sandy M.

    As Dave mentioned he was not as prepared as he wanted to be. The presentation has great potential and with more work it will hopefully gain in structure and focus.

    August 25, 2011

  • Shaun B.

    As a general comment - The talk started off strong but I felt it lost focus in the second half i.e. the message being communicated wasn't as clear. Some great Q&A afterwards - Dave seemed to comfortably answer a wide range of questions from the audience. Overall I thought it was a good talk and I'm sure Dave will continue to add to and improve upon it. I thought there were some very interesting insights into the challenges of introducing change (of any sort) to an organisation.

    August 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agile by stealth (viral) is not advisable!

    August 24, 2011

  • Jim C.

    I didn't personally get a lot from this prestn.

    A topic of interest for the future is "how to encourage the business to engage" - a big challenge here is to get the right SMEs and Product Owner role filled.

    August 24, 2011

  • Horia

    Consider learning

    August 23, 2011

  • Horia

    Beware daily stand-ups in which people give status to a webcam rather than talking to each other.

    August 23, 2011

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