Innovate 2012 - Seven Habits of Highly Effective Agile Teams
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I will be speaking at Innovate 2012 on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Agile Teams®. The session will be held on Monday, June 4th, 2012, between 3-4pm in "Southern I" @ the Disney Dolphin Hotel. I'd like to share my presentation's topic and start a conversation before, during and after the conference. Let's have innovate all year-round with passionate, smart, agile professionals like yourself!
What my presentation is about
It is my experience that Agile teams are highly effective when individuals can make a paradigm shift in their thinking and can adopt the agile values and principles. A habit according to Stephen Covey is the "intersection of knowledge, skill and desire". Understanding the Agile rules are easy, mastering agile is a journey that usually takes a few years or more. Many teams believe they are agile just because they follow practices like creating a product backlog, holding daily meetings, working in 2 or 4 week iterations and producing a product increment. A paradigm is the way in which we "see" the world -- not in terms of sight, but in perceiving, understanding and interpreting. A new level of thinking, based on the principles that accurately describe the agile paradigm, is required to become highly effective.
After a team is able to adopt the Agile paradigm, the next stage to becoming a highly effective team is to make habits of the right set of agile practices to employ just enough rules to support autonomy while avoiding chaos, establishing a rhythm to maintain momentum and synchronize efforts, acting supportively and transparently to cultivate trust and respect, and exchanging ideas to realize the benefits of diverse skills. Since there are no set standards for agile, what exactly are the habits and practices that are essential for high performing teams? Come learn and contribute in a highly interactive session with agile practioners like yourself.
How you can participate?
Let's start a conversation here, by posting comments to this blog, about highly effective agile teams. Here are a few questions I thought we could use to spark a good dialogue (or add any random thought that comes to mind):
I will be available throughout the Innovate 2012 conference in the Agile Transformation Zone on the Expo Floor. My colleagues, Scott Ambler, Mary Poppendieck, Elizabeth Woodward and many more experts will be there too! If you can't attend, we will miss you, however, we can bring Innovate to you here in our Community. I look forward to seeing you in Orlando or here in OUR community! After the start of the conference, I will post my presentation here.
IBM Worldwide Practice Manager, Agile & ALM