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I spent January 2018 in Antarctica hanging out with penguins, whales, and seals. It was about as different from my day-to-day work as an Agile Coach as can be. And yet, on my long flight home, I couldn’t help but reflect on how well my trip aligned with one specific value of the Agile Manifesto: “Responding to change over following a plan.”
I think it’s a common misconception that there’s no need to plan in Agile. And while this isn’t the case, specific approaches to planning do change—from big upfront design to a “just enough” approach. The act of planning still holds great value when it occurs at the right level, but in Agile we accept that many things will change and we’ll need to remain flexible to respond to them. If we’ve planned well, we’ll go into those changes with a clear sense of our goal and how to still achieve it under the new circumstances.
Nowhere is this truer than in Antarctica. Throughout the session, I’ll share six specific takeaways about change and planning that I brought back from my trip. I’ll share how my trip to Antarctica drove home why we need both planning AND, even more importantly, the ability to respond to change and how these real-life, non-software examples of responding to change can serve as great reminders to bring back to more typical work environments, including software development. And after being stuck in Antarctica six days longer than planned, I'll share why my biggest takeaway of them all was increased empathy for team members struggling with dynamic situations!
12:00 - 1:00 Presentation + Q&A
Julie Wyman is an Agile Coach and Fellow with Excella. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with over 12 years of experience in areas including Agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training. Julie has coached multiple globally distributed teams to deliver, while leveraging Scrum, Kanban, and other Agile frameworks, to support continuous improvement. She has coached development and business teams in commercial, federal, and non-profit environments, at places such as Thomson Reuters, Caterpillar, Appian, DHS, and DOJ.
SPONSOR & COSTS
This DCSUG event is free thanks to our sponsors Kaizenko and Excella.
Kaizenko (https://www.kaizenko.com) has some upcoming training that may be of interest to you. Check out the schedule here (https://www.kaizenko.com/public-training/). Contact us for special DCSUG discount codes (https://www.kaizenko.com/contact/)
Excella (http://www.excella.com) is hiring! Check out the open job opportunities page (https://www.excella.com/careers).
CAN'T MAKE IT?
Checkout videos and slides of past presentations at http://www.wdcsug.com
Also, we typically meet monthly. So if you can't make it this month, hopefully we'll see you at the next meetup.