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Monday, August 5 • 14:00 - 15:15
Seven Principles for Any Effective Agile Team, Collocated or Distributed (Mark Kilby, Johanna Rothman)

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As we wrote the distributed agile teams book, we realized that many of the agile problems we’ve seen are similar---regardless of whether the team is collocated or distributed. Even if the team “practices” a specific framework, the teams are not agile-in-culture, nor are they teams. They don’t have a project rhythm of delivery or reflection. They work as “silos of one” instead of collaborating together or being transparent in their work. Too often, the team members (and managers) share knowledge on a need to know basis and no one needs to know. People blame each other when things go wrong. Teams don’t have a culture of resilience and perseverance.
That’s a laundry list of “agile gone wrong.” Why? Too often, it’s because the teams don’t (or can’t yet) work according to seven principles that work for distributed and collocated teams. Instead of practices, people need principles that work so they can work. Here are the seven principles we describe in the book:
  • Create transparency at all levels.
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement with experiments.
  • Practice pervasive communication at all levels.
  • Create a project rhythm.
  • Assume good intention.
  • Create a culture of resilience.
  • Default to collaborative work, not solo work.
  • Establish Acceptable Hours of Overlap.
In this workshop, Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman will walk you through seven principles that work for every agile team. You’ll see where to place your team on a continuum, and learn several approaches for managing each principle.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn 7 principles to help any team become more agile
  • How to think about agile principles, past the manifesto values, for your team
  • See common traps that teams and organizations fall into that stalls their agility
  • See how the recommended principles can help release the team from a trap


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Mark Kilby

Agile Coach, K5Labs LLC
Mark Kilby coaches leaders, teams and organizations on how to work more effectively, whether they are distributed or collocated.  For over two decades, his easy-going style has helped his client learn to collaborate and discover their path to success and sustainability.Sometimes... Read More →
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Johanna Rothman

President, Rothman Consulting
Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. Johanna is the author of several books... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom D