Top 10 Takeaways: AGILE GURGAON 2016

Fresh wave is sweeping across the industry with rapid changes in technology, way of working and competition.

Organizations are facing challenges to sustain and innovate in this competitive environment. Learning organization is the norm of the industry.

Agile Network India is a network developing a global platform locally, to foster networking of agile practitioners to learn from / share with thought leaders and industry peers. Promoting high value learning and Knowledge Sharing.

AGILE GURUGRAM (formerly known as “AGILE GURGAON”) a Flagship Agile conference is one of the initiative which was launched in 2016.

2016 version, featured 5 Keynotes by Jurgen Appelo, Mike Burrows, Sudipta Lahiri & Priyank Pathak. Sessions were themed on System Thinking & Design, Enterprise Agility, Lean Startup, Technical stake at Scaling Agile & Cultural Transformation.

Expert panel answering queries and sharing their experience

My Top 10 takeaways  from this conference listed for you.

    1. Manage the system, not the people: People need to understand and realize their own purpose. Socialize with a smile and engage in fun activities, achieve collaboration and aim for a goal. Set up a system for people to experience new things and let them run their own experiments. Happy workers do more and achieve more.
    2. Continuous Improvement has no end: Continuous improvements should be made a daily routine for everyone! Things are changing, changing rapidly where not only people but organizations also need to continuously improve to adapt the Change. Continuous improvement has been the essential ingredient of success at Toyota process system. Toyota’s success guides us to improve deliver capability on a sustained basis.
    3. Driving Organizational Maturity via Evolutionary Change: Practice based implementation, value based implementation, start with a need and purpose attaching improvement opportunities. Purpose is multidimensional inside same company based on their roles and responsibilities i.e. Business purpose, Customer purpose, people purpose but all needs to be aligned to Common purpose I.e the Organizational Goal.
    4. Build an effective team guided by a purpose:  Difference between Teams vs Groups. Learning with fun activity what is teamwork, being a team member, building a team. Understanding the characteristics of effective team, two way communication, shared leadership, effective decision making, encouraging support and trust, sharing the common identity, constructive conflict resolution, cooperation and collaboration forming the building blocks.
    5. Learning visual management in a fun way: FeatureBan, a fun simulation game helped to understand and learn visual management in a simple way. Incrementally learning how and why to implement WIP limits, metrics.
    6. A reflective approach towards designing large scale software: Emergent architecture, understanding the problem with respect to design debt in Large Scale software systems. Change Vector Tracking a technique to model a change and make informed decision on architecture refactoring.
    7. Case study, Continuous Agile testing: The Testing Manifesto, transition to automation – challenges, defining right metric, Measure-Review-Improve, building the best system, team responsibility for quality, build quality meter. Defect prevention is the key .
    8. Enterprise Agile transformation: Coaching, enabling to improve and deliver customer value. It’s a journey to create products that customer love. Helping individuals in self transformation. Using logical brain, to motivate and use the elephant strength and move in a direction that makes sense to our business is a successful change pattern.
    9. Servant Leader, leadership into the future:  Value-based delivery, value-based change, value-based leadership. Servant first, then leader. A model for sustaining organisations and their leadership into the future, help others to be successful, find autonomy & meaning. Help develop servant leadership in others.
    10. Rules for Creative Workers: Execution forces to discover the details, running experiments, inventing accidently. Learning happens during experimentation not much in making mistakes or following the best practice. 7 Rules are to Find many ideas, Generate many ideas, Make connections, Seek Diversion, Execute your Ideas, Appreciate mistakes, Learn from the failure. Embrace networks and gameplay, keeping many options open.

Companies from various domains including Finance, Banking, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Governance, Education, Aviation, IT Services, Startup and others participated in the 2016 event and a large number (150+) of people from various profiles like CIO, CEO, CXO, Sr. Vice President, Director, Management Consultant, Certified Scrum Trainer, Accredited Kanban Trainer, Certified SAFe Trainers, PM, DevOps & ALM Consultant, IT Delivery Manager, and Software Craftsman from almost all disciplines participated in last edition of conference.

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AGILE GURUGRAM 2017” conference brought to you by Agile Network India community.


Team INNOROO, the Awesome

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people”

– Steve Jobs

Most of us have experience to work on projects in a Team either at Office, School or College.

Does the Teamwork really help you and why is that important?

In my view “Teamwork” is a very important construct for creating a High Performing Team. Teamwork brings unity, strength, reliability, support and all key factors required into the play, to build a successful team. It maximizes team’s overall capabilities, brings out the best in each team member and as a result offers the best outcomes. I have a recent experience —to share with you– working with a superb team – INNOVATION ROOTS Team, I call the “Team Awesome”

It happened recently, when our Team was working for one of a grand event at Bangalore. Like many other projects, our team also faced many unexpected challenges. It gave us the nightmares. Our “Teamwork” increased the trust and collaboration between people, which helped us to perform as a Team. And as a result, our event became a great success.

Before launching the event, our Team was not experienced to manage event of this volume. We found it difficult at each step without having prior experience. Team identified multiple challenges during the planning and execution of this event. Here are few major ones and what we did as a team –

Focus: Working on multiple projects and multiple deadlines, people tend to lose their focus. As a team, we were aware of the importance of the event and the hundreds of open items on us. Context switching is a big problem and it could be due to a big pending list. Team realized this problem and started focusing on ‘finishing the most important task at any given point of time’ as a better approach to achieve the goal.  That’s we call teamwork.

Collaboration: Managing the time and working in silos is also a challenge that may result in significant delays. We faced problem generated by silos. Our Team understood the gap and decided to collaborate more on common goals. This increased the success of our team as we engaged in collaborative problem solving.

Quality: Delivering quality work has always been our priority. Over the time, team learnt that ignoring quality is originating a lot of rework. Team started reviewing and pairing for their deliverables. We identified the quality expectations are as per the business requirement and focused on completing work with highest quality standards. This helped to build great team momentum.

Now, the team is confident and full of enthusiasm to make success on our new projects and that’s what makes us “Team Awesome”

Despite of different background, culture, and experience; Team Awesome is focused to strive hard in moving towards perfection. This leads us to achieve success. Each one of us contributes to add value, quality and innovation at work.

We believe that one is not success, until the whole team is not successful, and team is not successful until each one in the team is not successful.

Team Awesome believes that collaboration and trust builds the team so strong that you can overcome any challenges.

I am proud to be a part of “Team Awesome”.

Thriveni B Shetty

Leader and Learner

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