Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : Make Agile Work for Any Team

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Make Agile Work for Any Team

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Are parts of your organization embracing agile while others become more resistant, disconnected, or frustrated by the idea? Or maybe your team wants to be more agile but it isn’t sure how to get started because it’s not a typical development team. Agile has been moving out of software and being embraced by nondevelopment teams for years, but it’s not always a great experience. How can we make the best parts of agility relevant to any team? This hands-on session will show you how to start teams down the path to “being agile” by taking a teamwork-centered approach. With examples from a variety of teams and company cultures, you'll learn how to make agile concepts and team building easy to apply across the organization. You'll take back a model for team building, get an approach to engaging teams, and learn how to manage any challenges that arise.

Laura Burke
IHS Markit

Laura Burke is an agile coach at IHS Markit, a financial technology firm. She recently moved into an organizational effectiveness role in partnership with the HR. Laura came to IHS Markit from Ipreo, where her past roles included release train engineer for two highly distributed programs, agile coach for kicking off new programs, and ScrumMaster of the mobile development teams. She also played a key role in Ipreo's agile adoption, which grew from two agile teams to more than seventy in two years. Before joining Ipreo, she was a ScrumMaster at Appia in Durham, North Carolina, and an internal facilitator at Rally Software in Boulder, Colorado. She continues to teach people about facilitation, collaboration, and visioning in her current role and in the community and is a regular speaker at local Meetups and national conferences. She lives in Raleigh and loves hiking in Umstead, visiting the NCMA, and eating baked goods with her family on the weekends.