Scaling Agile India – Speaker Submissions

Anuj Malik

Innovation as a Culture – Democratizing Innovation

The talk on innovation as a culture will be rooted in busting the myths around innovation labs, sacred spaces for innovation are not the way teams will be able to innovate. Democratizing innovation is a way that I have spoken to team about and also created the environment for it to grow naturally within the teams.

Innovation for so long has been considered to be the privilege of few who get the access to the ‘Innovation Lab’. This construct breaks down the aspect of freedom to innovate at scale. I believe that people align on the need for innovation only if they align on the ‘why’ of the client needs. Allowing teams to shape up a vision of tomorrow directly with the clients – without any bureaucracy. I will share a real life example on how a team changed the actions first and then behaviors in this regard.

This kind of culture is like a tidal wave , where each of the doer’s have now become thinkers. They become one of the customers using the solution and experiment with emerging technologies. Desire to change and experiment is something that connects the teams together. My endeavor is to provide an environment (a liquid network) where such a culture is enhanced, slow hunches are connected and brilliant ideas spawn up. This is not a day in life event (Hackathon), but rather a journey each one traverses over time and form a part of the team culture.

Key takeaways

  1. 1. Actions will precede the behavior change – in democratizing innovation
  2. Structure and/or scaffolding is needed to support the change in initial days
  3. the network effects will soon take over and the innovation engine will be unstoppable
  4. this will be the true differentiator for the organization (not cost, margins)

Prateek Verma

Agile WoW(Way of Working) to Agile WoT(Way of Thinking)

Organisations are often trying to find their Agile Way Of Working(WoW) and get entangled in a maze of processes. They need to have an agile and lean mindset to approach their challenges and set the right foundation in the organisation. In this talk I will underscore how having an Agile Way of Thinking(WoT) is the precursor to Agile Way of Working to successfully transform their organisations. This includes the transformational approaches, the way we promote teams and have reward structures. I will also focus on how organisational transformation results differ when leaders actively participate vs when leaders delegate the adoption of lean agile thinking in the organisation.

Sander Bosma

Five perfect ways to fail SAFe

During my career as an Agile Coach and SAFe Program Consultant I have seen my share of misinterpretations of the Scaled Agile Framework, failed implementations, misused practices and believe it or not made some stupid mistakes myself along the way. In this talk I want to share five of these failures as a learning opportunity for all of you. Don’t expect any fancy solutions or well-thought-out strategies just plain simple experiences that will make you laugh and that you’ll remember to avoid in your own scaling journey.

Vishal Venkatesan

Drop Of Blood Of An Agile Team

This will be an interactive session with participants where we together explore akin to how in a “Health Check up” through a blood sample collected through that small test tube of blood droplets whole body wellness is holistically but objectively assessed, ailments detected and preventive or even reactive consultation / cure given by Medical Consultants.

Which Agile Artefact/ Role/ Ceremony in an Agile Team is that drop of blood where is which the wellness can be holistically but objectively assessed participants as Agile Consultants can provide recommendation to their teams and customers.

Exploratively will lead the audience on to Life Cycle of user story is akin to that sample of blood through which the wellness of an Agile team can be assessed in a holistic way just like how a blood sample gives a holistic assessment of one’s bodies wellness.

I will bring about strategies to improve Life Cycle of user story blending in practical approaches I have from my coaching experience across customers and Scaled Agile principles.

Youtube link – (talk I have given on similar topic in previous conference) here I will blend importance of user story authoring in Scaled Agile Framework

Suraj Pujari

Bard of Rewards: Team driven rewards and recognitions

Is it possible to recognize top performers and boost team performance at the same time?

Recognizing a single team member seems to have a positive and contagious effect on all the other members in the team.

In Agile world we talk about empowering team and navigate them to become self-organized. Then why stick to management driven awards which will dilute over a period of time.

To overcome this, every team needs to form some better practices for implementing recognition fairly and effectively. High performing organizations should follow a bottom-up approach to appreciate that the special individual contribution and award should be given by the team to the deserving team members.
Organizations should become innovative, and innovation requires teamwork for the progress of fresh solutions. Team-based incentives create, as well as emphasize, the demand for collaboration across the team. Team-based reward system is more benefited where the organization has a more individualistic culture. The team-based reward will function better when the task interdependence is immense.

Key takeaways

  1. Transparency: R & R program become more transparent
  2. Collaboration: Team feel privileged to collaborate
  3. Trust: as the program is transparent Trust can be easily built
  4. Innovation: Team can come up with ideas outside the technology

Gaurang Vora

Leadership – Fulcrum above and beyond

We all would be aware about Leadership but how a Leader has to be in current VUCA world is something which we will embark upon. Leadership is like Love – Mother n Son, Father n Daughter, Brother n sister and the love of leader with his team, which is an evolving journey. In the current world where knowledge is abandonedly available the Leader has to have idiosyncratic characteristic to drive the vision. Leadership that impacts is about knowing one’s strength, is about earning respect, loyality and commitment from the team, is about decisive decision making, vision, communication and above all lead with a spirit of humility. Leadership is not a easy task but those who have led in some form or other know how difficult is it to leave an engrave and reverberations that is positive and inspiring.

Key takeaways

  1. How can you influence as a Leader
  2. What it takes to positively influence people to work towards common vision

Monika Das

Design Thinking – Customer Journey Mapping

With digital disruption and change in market dynamics every now and then, it becomes very difficult for the organizations and companies to survive, sustain and grow. The best way to sail through and excel for the organization by becoming radically customer centric. Getting into the shoes of the customer and thinking and feeling alike to get insight of customers view of likes and dislikes. With Design Thinking we are being adopted by many product companies have gained immense benefit and growth in terms of revenue and customer satisfaction. Let’s explore more through this session roadway to Design Thinking.

Hrishikesh Karekar

Experience sharing : SAFe core values in action

Based on a real life case of a challenging implementation, the talk will share insights into how structuring a response around the 4 SAFe core values – transparency, alignment, built in quality and program execution – helped us not just to have a good agile implementation but importantly to deliver successfully and build business value for the customer.

The case study would be an unnamed case study from the financial services domain where around 15 teams developed a complex product for a year. Sharing practical insights into things that worked on the field and those that did not, the talk gives the attendees key learning about how to leverage the frameworks in its true sense.

The talk will make sense and provide practical insights for delivery leaders, agile coaches and in fact any agile practitioner.

Kavita Sawant

Cultivating an Agile Growth Mindset as part of the Organization Culture

This session will showcase a real life case study of implementing change management to bring and sustain the Agile mindset across the organization.

Learning outcomes:

Participants attending this talk will be able to connect with the challenge that every function/organization faces in bringing and sustaining the Agile Mindset. Through the practical implementations and examples, they will be able to pick some and experiment them in their organization as takeaways.

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