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.
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.