"Why Agile Works" with agile pioneer Joseph Pelrine

Agile Alliance Australia - Sydney Chapter
Tue, 15 Mar 2011, 07:00 - 09:00 (Add to calendar) GMT
City Espresso - Allianz Building , Sydney, AU

Arrive at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start.


Why Agile Works

On April 14, 2010, a small volcano erupted in Iceland, and before people could pronounce the name Eyjafjallajökull, all air traffic in Europe was paralysed.

I call it the volcano principle. Time and again things happen that are beyond our control, but that affect us, things we need to react to. We do not know when it will happen, we do not know what will happen. Some of us do not even want to admit that such things happen, and then are surprised by volcanoes, and invoke "unintended consequences" as an excuse. Others are agile.

Agile methods offer us a way to react quickly to volcanoes erupting in our work, in our market. This talk will explore the connection between social complexity theory and agility. We'll see the underlying reasons why agile methods work, why they are needed, and why the methods - and their proponents – currently seem to become increasingly less agile.


For an introduction to the Cynefin sense-making framework from which Joseph's talk will draw, see this video on Cynefin from Dave Snowden of Cognitive Edge.


About Joseph Pelrine

Joseph Pelrine is an agile pioneer based in Switzerland. He worked as assistant of Kent Beck in developing eXtreme Programming, maintains the first xUnit testing framework (SUnit) and is Europe’s first certified ScrumMaster Practitioner and Trainer.

An accredited Cynefin practitioner and member of the International Association of Facilitators, he concentrates not only on the technical side of software development, but also on the “people” side, working at enabling customers, managers and developers to communicate more easily and clearly with each other.

Joseph spends the majority of his time working hands-on with agile teams on large-scale Scrum and XP implementations at world-class organisations such as Nokia, SAP, the BBC and most recently held the position of interim CTO at eBay Europe. In addition to extensive experience with product development, embedded systems and scaling Agile implementations, Joseph’s work focuses on the field of social complexity science and its application to Agile processes. He is currently authoring a book on leading self-organising agile teams using methods based on social complexity science and behavioural psychology.


Other opportunities to learn from Joseph

March 11 Coaching Self-Organising Teams (advanced course) - Sydney

March 14-15 Certified Scrum Product Owner training - Sydney

March 17-18 Certified ScrumMaster training - Melbourne

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