Agile Software, People, and Teams. 1

Posted by Conrad Benham on October 20, 2008

One of the principles in the Agile Manifesto is “People over Process”, because a culture where teams can take initiatives to succeed is more productive than one which is mainly concerned with protected teams from failure. The promise of self-Organising Teams is that they’re effective because because the people who are closest to the work know best what to do and are most motivated to do a good job. No-one, however, promised that this is easy. Just telling an inexperienced team to Self-Organise is no guarantee of success.

In this talk, Steve will discuss his experiences with Self-Organising teams, and present some of the leading-edge results from Social Complexity science that will help you understand the dynamics of your team and how it can work together.

Steve Freeman is a pioneer of Agile software development in the UK, where he writes software and coaches teams in a variety of industries. Steve has trained and consulted for teams in Europe, America, and Asia, and co-authored the JMock library. Previously, he has worked in software houses, consultancies, and research labs, earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and written shrink-wrap software. Steve has also taught at University College London. He is a presenter and organiser at the major international industry conferences, and was  conference chair for the first London XpDay. Steve was also winner of the Agile Alliance Gordon Pask award 2006.

(Thank you to Steve for preparing the above abstract).

When: 7:30pm, Wednesday 29th of October 2008
Where: ThoughtWorks Hong Kong Office
Address: Room 1304, 13/F, Tai Tung Building, 8 Fleming Road, Wanchai
Map: ThoughtWorks Hong Kong


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