Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Agile Assessment: Helpful Remedy or Harmful Toxin?


Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile Assessment: Helpful Remedy or Harmful Toxin?

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Agile is a set of values and a mindset. As such, it can be hard to answer questions that leaders often ask, like: How agile are we? Are we getting more agile? What are the growth opportunities for our team? Many organizations use assessments to determine their level of agility. Dan Neumann will introduce several assessment approaches and tools that, like medicine, can be toxic when used incorrectly. We will explore the merits, potential uses, and possible downsides of each approach. Dan will help you understand more about your options for framing an assessment that fits your needs best when trying to measure your organization's culture and teams. You'll be able to explain the possible benefits of assessment (and the possible unintended consequences of assessments), recognize assessment approaches that may damage team safety, and apply what you've learned to their own organization's agile journey.

Dan Neumann

Dan Neumann has more than a decade of experience with agility, initially serving as a ScrumMaster and later as an agile coach. He's had experience as both an internal coach and external coach, administering numerous assessments with many lessons learned and applied to future assessments. Dan's assessment clients have ranged from mid-size customers to larger enterprises, including those in regulated industries. He's an experienced conference speaker, both regionally and nationally, and the host of the Agile Coaches’ Corner podcast.