Agile Portugal 2016

Geoff Watts

Geoff Watts is one of the leading Scrum thinkers in the world, and one of the few to hold both the Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach designation. Having started his agile journey helping lead one of the biggest agile transformations at British Telecom back in 2001, he has since helped companies across the world get the most out of Scrum. As well as being a renowned expert in the fields of agile development and Scrum, Geoff is an experienced leadership and performance coach, a member of the International Coaching Federation, the National Council of Psychotherapists and the Association of Business Psychology and has also authored The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering The Twelve Traits That Trap Us. Well known for his ability to help people get the most out of themselves while navigating seriously challenging change, Geoff is also a regular keynote speaker about coaching, collaboration and change.

Keynote: Selling The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile

Management don’t get ‘agile’. We hear that quite a lot. They just think it’s about making changes whenever they like, and getting higher velocity from a development team. But how do you convince these people to accept the human part of agile? The “soft” side of the agile manifesto is one we can’t measure or track so easily. How can you sell the benefits of agile coaching and the time required to facilitate a retrospective? As agile coaches themselves, Geoff and Paul will tell stories, describe coaching techniques and demonstrate simple games to help you sell the “fluffy” side of agile and look at who really needs to buy it.

Workshop: Exploring The ‘Fluffy’ Side Of Agile

On face value, an agile approach is common sense. Attend some meetings, create and update some artefacts, build a product. But the real challenges arise not from the introduction of process, but from the changes required by people. The transition to agile delivery involves a shift in human behaviour, and requires those involved increasing levels of communication and collaboration in order to transform into a great team that can achieve great things. But are we all really prepared to change those behaviours for ourselves? Are we willing to step out of our comfort zone and take some risks? This workshop will provide some of the techniques for individuals to understand their own desire to embrace change in their own natural behaviours, and how they can inspire others into accepting the softer and more “fluffy” side of agile.