Thursday, July 24, 2014

Agile Day Conference Pune 2014

Friday,18th July last week, I had an opportunity to attend and present my paper at AgileDayConference. ADC 2014 was built on the theme of "Agile Testing - Embrace Quality, Deliver Superior Business Value.". This conference aimed to underline tools, techniques, developments and best practices in Agile Testing which will act as catalysts to deliver premium business value alongside sustaining quality. Conference was very informative and I learned about best practices, tools used by other organizations. Overall it was prodigious experience to hear fellow speakers & distinguished coaches. I would definitely like to take a moment and Thank the organizer KnowledgeHut for hosting it and Kudos for doing such a good job with the arrangements. Also I would like to thank the Advisory Board for choosing my paper and sponsors Scrum Alliance, JamBuster and PMI.  

It was thumping to hear agile adoption stories from fellow Agile Practitioners, Evangelist, Process Champions, consisting a very diverse set of audience ranging from companies like Amdocs, Thoughtworks, Mahindra Comviva, Invesco, JamBuster, Hexaware, CeeZone, Faichi Solutions, Atos, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, RiseSmart, Cuelogic, Capgemini , Cognizant, Webonise Lab, Cross Country Infotech, ComputerLand UK, SJ Innovation, Accelya Kale Solutions and many others (sorry can't quite remember all other names). 

In the event , I presented this paper "AGILE! Who cares - Tell Me What To Do", this was about Agile Transformation Strategy, where I highlighted challenges, listed out strategies which worked well for me to overcome such challenges and explained how to use change management best practices effectively in enterprise context. 

Although my talk was the last talk of the day and was just for 35 mins but in the end it was great to find the interest level of the audience and questions. I was delighted to see everyone being pleasantly surprised to hear about Dr. John Kotter's, "8-Step Process for Leading Change" and how same can be used by Coaches, Agile Practitioner and Change Agents for driving "Change" at organizational level.

In the end, I closed the talk with following:
Remember - You can’t win it all and That’s OK.
But don't let it go so easily
Make It Stick - Create a new culture
Hold on the new ways of behaving and make sure they succeed, until 
they become strong enough to replace old tradition
Build Trust
Value Results
Build agile teams that truly engage self-direction
Be Agile!

Thanks everyone @ADC for responding so passionately about the subject and for your appreciation.
Last but not the least, Thanks to Sankarshan for sharing the link of ADC 2014. 
Otherwise I may not even submitted the proposal for the talk.