Developing and delivering software is hard. Individual technical skills are not enough. Delivering software even reasonably is a team sport. A weak team’s results range from slipped deliverables and missed opportunities, to failed projects, products, and organizations, all of which result in unhappy team members, stakeholders, and customers. If Team problems are overlooked, success will overlook the Team.
Peter Senge, in his seminal book The Fifth Discipline, described the Learning Organization. The Agile community has demonstrated that Teams must first become skilled in learning as a team. Having learned how to learn rapidly, i.e. a micro-learning organization, they can deliver working software that ships on-time, repeatedly.
Agility is a mindset – a mindset that learns rapidly through effective use of feedback loops. In this interactive discussion, we will explore feedback loops, including single-, double-, and triple-loop learning, and learning models such as Shu-Ha-Ri and the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition. It’s one thing to grow a Team into a learning organization, but are there ways to scale this? The answer is yes, and we will also explore this, focusing in particular on the Tribal Learning Model.
“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.”
— W. Edwards Deming
“Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat.”
— Caroline Schoeder
Are your Teams feeling the heat? Retrospectives should be helping your Teams learn to see the light. Come discuss learning to learn to see the light.
Speaker: Earl Everett, Director of QA and Agile Practices at HP Enterprise Services
Date/Time: 11/12/13 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: BancVue, 4516 Seton Center Pkwy, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78759
To Register (and for more info): http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8825157283.