Culture Eats Agile for Breakfast

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NOTE: This topic was very well received last month at the APLN Meetup.

VersionOne's 9th Annual State of Agile Survey found that the number one barrier to further agile adoption is lack of ability to change organizational culture. Workplace culture is often an afterthought in agile transformations but is critical to making it work and making it stick.

Presenters walk the audience through experiences and lessons learned while transforming the culture in one for-profit and one non-profit organization to an agile, highly engaged (and fun!) workplace. Audience members will learn how to approach managing the complexities of cultural transformations by employing agile methodologies (specifically the Scrum framework) and Lean Startup principles. Lessons learned can be employed immediately in any work environment.

Speakers: Chris Daily and Tana Linback

Chris Daily has over 30 years experience in software development in start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in executive level positions. The last several years of his career have been focused on coaching organizations and teams through agile transformations in a variety of industries. Chris has a BS in Computer Science from Ball State University, an MBA from the University of Indianapolis and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Professional Scrum Master (PSM).

Tana Linback's background directing human resource and operational functions while developing company-wide people strategies provided a strong foundation in workplace cultural development before shifting her focus to software and product development. Tana has experience leading successful cultural transformations in agile environments and implementing Scrum in non-software development business functions. Tana has a BA in Corporate Communications from Purdue University and is a Professional Scrum Product Owner.