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Reclaiming the
Spirit of Agile
Vishal Bardoloi
How Leaders can transform their team’s culture towards true Agility
VISHAL BARDOLOI
Lead Developer @ ThoughtWorks
@bardoloi
medium.com/@v.bardoloi
37.2%
Of TWers are
Women
40.5%
Of our new recruits
are women across
all career levels
Gratitude
Majdi Haroun
Adria Richards
Ryan Latta
Cedric Yao
Aaron Lerch
Ben Nadel
Grant Joung
Nina Jessen
Slade Stewart
Which Code is Cleaner?
Source: Rachel Kroll (https://rachelbythebay.com/w/2013/02/02/steps/)
A B
Which Team is More Effective?
Photo credit: Karthik Chandrasekarial
https://martinfowler.com/articles/itsNotJustStandingUp...
Who is More Productive?
Photo credit: Matthew Roth
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Matthew_(WMF)
Photo credit: Dar...
“The answer to every strategic question is
“it depends.”
The trick is knowing what it depends on.
Source: Mazzeo’s Law (ht...
Source: http://blog.deloitte.com.au/navigating-the-agile-landscape/#.WEbfLqIrLdQ
Source: www.scaledagileframework.com
Focus on Individuals & Interactions
Dev
Code Katas
Design Patterns
Books
Blogs
Open Source Projects
User Groups
Lead Dev
“Cargo Culting” Agile
““Agile is a culture, not a process”
- Jeff Patton
Source: https://jpattonassociates.com/agile-is-culture-not-process/
The Leader’s Influence on an Agile Team Culture
Self-Organizing Teams
Self-Organizing Teams
What does a Self-Organizing Team Need?
Goals & priorities
Context
Mentoring
Quick course correction
Trust
Respect
Accounta...
Goals
Context
Mentoring
Course correction
Be an Information Radiator!
D.r.y: DO Repeat Yourself!
Trust
Inclusion
Open Communication
Feedback loops
Short Feedback Loops
Source: http://crmsearch.com/agile-versus-waterfall-crm.php
Source: https://www.atlassian.com/blog/bitbucket/5-pull-request-must-haves
Source: https://www.atlassian.com/blog/bitbucket/5-pull-request-must-haves
Work already
done!
Source: https://www.atlassian.com/blog/bitbucket/5-pull-request-must-haves
Pair Programming
In-pod demos for customers
Dev-BA pairing
QA-Dev pairing
Trunk-based Development
Recognize and Shorten Fe...
Customer Collaboration
Collaboration = Partnership, not order-taking
✓ Building the Right Product together
✓ Managing scope
✓ Sustainable pace
✓ ...
Collaboration = Partnership, not order-taking
Building the Right Product
Managing Scope
Sustainable Pace
Commitment
Embrac...
Image credit: Anuradha Gajanayaka (via Scott Berkun)
https://pmbag.wordpress.com/tag/the-satir-change-model/
“Even the Rig...
3 Things you must do to be an Agile Leader
Practice! Make time for people! Coach, Teach, Scale!
Practice your Communication Skills!
Make Time for Individuals & Interactions!
Photo credit: Lukas from Pexels
https://www.pexels.com/photo/code-coding-compute...
Coach! Teach! Scale!
Thank You!
Feedback?
@bardoloi
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  1. 1. Reclaiming the Spirit of Agile Vishal Bardoloi How Leaders can transform their team’s culture towards true Agility
  2. 2. VISHAL BARDOLOI Lead Developer @ ThoughtWorks @bardoloi medium.com/@v.bardoloi
  3. 3. 37.2% Of TWers are Women
  4. 4. 40.5% Of our new recruits are women across all career levels
  5. 5. Gratitude Majdi Haroun Adria Richards Ryan Latta Cedric Yao Aaron Lerch Ben Nadel Grant Joung Nina Jessen Slade Stewart
  6. 6. Which Code is Cleaner? Source: Rachel Kroll (https://rachelbythebay.com/w/2013/02/02/steps/) A B
  7. 7. Which Team is More Effective? Photo credit: Karthik Chandrasekarial https://martinfowler.com/articles/itsNotJustStandingUp.html Photo credit: Katherine Madley https://twitter.com/madleykatherine/status/720957487986438144 A B
  8. 8. Who is More Productive? Photo credit: Matthew Roth https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Matthew_(WMF) Photo credit: Darshana Radhakrishnan https://www.thoughtworks.com/insights/blog/ensuring-depth-diversity-part-1 A B
  9. 9. “The answer to every strategic question is “it depends.” The trick is knowing what it depends on. Source: Mazzeo’s Law (https://hbr.org/2014/07/the-answer-to-every-business-question-is-it-depends)
  10. 10. Source: http://blog.deloitte.com.au/navigating-the-agile-landscape/#.WEbfLqIrLdQ
  11. 11. Source: www.scaledagileframework.com
  12. 12. Focus on Individuals & Interactions
  13. 13. Dev Code Katas Design Patterns Books Blogs Open Source Projects User Groups
  14. 14. Lead Dev
  15. 15. “Cargo Culting” Agile
  16. 16. ““Agile is a culture, not a process” - Jeff Patton Source: https://jpattonassociates.com/agile-is-culture-not-process/
  17. 17. The Leader’s Influence on an Agile Team Culture
  18. 18. Self-Organizing Teams
  19. 19. Self-Organizing Teams
  20. 20. What does a Self-Organizing Team Need? Goals & priorities Context Mentoring Quick course correction Trust Respect Accountability Healthy communication
  21. 21. Goals Context Mentoring Course correction Be an Information Radiator!
  22. 22. D.r.y: DO Repeat Yourself!
  23. 23. Trust Inclusion Open Communication Feedback loops
  24. 24. Short Feedback Loops
  25. 25. Source: http://crmsearch.com/agile-versus-waterfall-crm.php
  26. 26. Source: https://www.atlassian.com/blog/bitbucket/5-pull-request-must-haves
  27. 27. Source: https://www.atlassian.com/blog/bitbucket/5-pull-request-must-haves Work already done!
  28. 28. Source: https://www.atlassian.com/blog/bitbucket/5-pull-request-must-haves
  29. 29. Pair Programming In-pod demos for customers Dev-BA pairing QA-Dev pairing Trunk-based Development Recognize and Shorten Feedback Loops
  30. 30. Customer Collaboration
  31. 31. Collaboration = Partnership, not order-taking ✓ Building the Right Product together ✓ Managing scope ✓ Sustainable pace ✓ Paying tech debt ✓ Commitment ✓ Understanding and respect ✓ Embracing change together ✘ Too much scope ✘ Unreasonable timelines ✘ Features over Tech debt ✘ No discussion on “why”
  32. 32. Collaboration = Partnership, not order-taking Building the Right Product Managing Scope Sustainable Pace Commitment Embracing change together Empathic listening Negotiating priorities Navigating conflict Saying “No”
  33. 33. Image credit: Anuradha Gajanayaka (via Scott Berkun) https://pmbag.wordpress.com/tag/the-satir-change-model/ “Even the Right change feels wrong at first”
  34. 34. 3 Things you must do to be an Agile Leader Practice! Make time for people! Coach, Teach, Scale!
  35. 35. Practice your Communication Skills!
  36. 36. Make Time for Individuals & Interactions! Photo credit: Lukas from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/code-coding-computer-data-574071/ Photo credit: ThinkApps http://thinkapps.com/blog/development/what-is-code-review/
  37. 37. Coach! Teach! Scale!
  38. 38. Thank You! Feedback? @bardoloi

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