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Mind the gender gap
Agile Practitioners 2016 #APIL16
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Image: 4pt5.com
Maryse 2
 Lean and agile addict
 In IT since 2007
 Architect (agile)
 Coach / Manager (agile, or course)
 Advocate of...
So…What is this gender gap? 3
In tech… ouch! 4
And what about management…? 5
Gender gap @ work… 6
Image: computerweekly.com
Huge (long term) gap – we’re not hanging around 7
Image: Jayde Lovell (diversity in science journalism)
We leave because… 8
So what. There is a gender gap. Does it matter? 9
Image: jobisjob.co.uk
10It would be a waste to leave women out…
Image: womenrockscience.tumblr.com
Made with code… IT is all around us – we should care 11
Made with code from youtube
Women aren’t abundant in IT – why?
Women don’t want to work in IT or they leave because of:
Hostile, macho workplace cult...
Well… How does agile help? 13
Great picture by Lynne Cazaly
Agile: a key, a secret
 Agile Software Development is founded upon values that
challenge such dysfunctions in order to bu...
So what can a company do…
 Be agile
 Adopt agile (or lean) as a company philosophy
 Facilitate your agile teams
 Posit...
What else…
 Womens network within your company
 Mentors, peers
 Have female managers
 Mind your recruitment, your job ...
When it comes to management… 17
 Recruit young women
 Foster mentorship and support
 Establish hiring policies
 Provid...
What can women do… 18
 Network (within AND outside companies)
 Speak up
 Step up too (don’t step away, don’t leave
befo...
What can men do… esp. In agile teams!
 Listen! More closely and more often, and be patient
 Don’t interrupt
 Don’t step...
What we can all do together
 Educate(young) girls on a STEM a possible career
path and on agile / lean values – like @VHT...
Together… let’s make it so! 21
Summary – to watch at home one day 22
Questions? Now, later, anytime! 23
Image: washingtonpost.com@Lean_architect
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www.ordina.nl
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Mind the gender gap for Agile Practitioners 2016

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statistics on women in IT, why women don't stick around in IT, why you should care about diversity and what you can do to prevent losing women to our area of work. So.. What can you do? Adopt agile as your way of working!

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Mind the gender gap for Agile Practitioners 2016

  1. 1. Mind the gender gap Agile Practitioners 2016 #APIL16 1 Image: 4pt5.com
  2. 2. Maryse 2  Lean and agile addict  In IT since 2007  Architect (agile)  Coach / Manager (agile, or course)  Advocate of craftmanship  Learning to code  Working at a company with a slogan meaning as much as “for people”  Mother to a splendid 4 year old   @lean_architect  Join conversation #apil16
  3. 3. So…What is this gender gap? 3
  4. 4. In tech… ouch! 4
  5. 5. And what about management…? 5
  6. 6. Gender gap @ work… 6 Image: computerweekly.com
  7. 7. Huge (long term) gap – we’re not hanging around 7 Image: Jayde Lovell (diversity in science journalism)
  8. 8. We leave because… 8
  9. 9. So what. There is a gender gap. Does it matter? 9 Image: jobisjob.co.uk
  10. 10. 10It would be a waste to leave women out… Image: womenrockscience.tumblr.com
  11. 11. Made with code… IT is all around us – we should care 11 Made with code from youtube
  12. 12. Women aren’t abundant in IT – why? Women don’t want to work in IT or they leave because of: Hostile, macho workplace culture (perceived) unsustainable pace Diminshed sense of purpose Feelings of isolation (perception: typing away at your computer all alone) Lack of peers and mentors Feeling “stalled” or “stuck” at career path 12
  13. 13. Well… How does agile help? 13 Great picture by Lynne Cazaly
  14. 14. Agile: a key, a secret  Agile Software Development is founded upon values that challenge such dysfunctions in order to build self- organizing, collaborative and highly productive teams. In a high functioning Agile practice, developers engage each other, product owners and sponsors in a shared concern for quality, predictability and meeting the needs of end users.  Ken Judy, Agile Values, Innovation and the Shortage of Women Software Developers (2012) 14
  15. 15. So what can a company do…  Be agile  Adopt agile (or lean) as a company philosophy  Facilitate your agile teams  Position your company as an agile company  Agile recruitment  Agile role models 15
  16. 16. What else…  Womens network within your company  Mentors, peers  Have female managers  Mind your recruitment, your job adverts 16
  17. 17. When it comes to management… 17  Recruit young women  Foster mentorship and support  Establish hiring policies  Provide training, esp. to reach the top
  18. 18. What can women do… 18  Network (within AND outside companies)  Speak up  Step up too (don’t step away, don’t leave before you go)  Get a tech degree  Learn your girls how to code  Be a role model and show yourself 
  19. 19. What can men do… esp. In agile teams!  Listen! More closely and more often, and be patient  Don’t interrupt  Don’t step in to explain  Be supportive and encouraging, not domineering  Watch your body language  Be a mentor 19
  20. 20. What we can all do together  Educate(young) girls on a STEM a possible career path and on agile / lean values – like @VHTO (in the Netherlands)  Learn to code, early on in life  Don’t be a jerk, be nice  20
  21. 21. Together… let’s make it so! 21
  22. 22. Summary – to watch at home one day 22
  23. 23. Questions? Now, later, anytime! 23 Image: washingtonpost.com@Lean_architect
  24. 24. 24 www.ordina.nl

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