Highlights of Agile India 2016

Last week I spoke at and attended the Agile India Conference, a great conference in Bangalore. It had a great mix of national and international speakers and participants. If you are based in Australia it is a great way to network with international thought leaders and it is ‘only’ 14 hours away.

I couldn’t attend the entire conference because of other speaking obligations, but here are some of my highlights of the conference (besides chatting, discussing and arguing with some of the most interesting people in the international Agile Community).Richard Sheridan : @menloprezThe conference started for me with a keynote by Richard Sheridan, the author of Joy Inc. I had been wanting to see Richard Sheridan in person for a long time. His stories about the company he built, Menlo, are amazing. The level of discipline, trust, professionalism, and joy are unbelievable.

Here’s a recording of this talk at another conference:

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Organisations can be found here:

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I have been teaching the complexity framework Cynefin for a number of years, but Doc managed to add a layer around it with regard to management styles. It always had been sort of implied, but to make that explicit was a stroke of genius.

See the recording of this talk at Øredev here:

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I couldn’t agree more with Evan, but it was good to see these topics appearing at a  mainstream conference, and the discussions afterwards were insightful.

A good introduction on #noprojects is up on InfoQ here.James Shore : @jamesshoreJames is one of those people who can think big, but does so from the small. That means when he talks big picture there is a very solid foundation underneath it. His presentation was talking about his experiences scaling Agile from the ground up, based on autonomous teams. But again really grounded in reality.

An absolute must see talk by anyone who is interested in scaling beyond a few teams. I will update the post when the video becomes available.