Agile Portugal 2016

Paul Goddard

Paul Goddard is an established agile coach and trainer based in the United Kingdom. He has been assisting agile teams since 2003 and is a qualified Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC). His first book Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity brings together two of his passions; coaching agile teams and improvisational theatre. The principles and practices are so closely linked, he uses them every day of his working and personal life. A regular speaker at agile conferences worldwide, Paul is also a long-standing member and contributor to the agile community in the UK and Europe.

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.