Juan Rodriguez: The Backward Bike, or why organizations CAN’T learn Agile until… (video inside)

The company that Juan worked for had started an Agile transformation. Some time after that, Juan was asked to evaluate the transformation. As he looked into what was going on, he started to note that the teams were being asked to change, but the rest of the organization was still sticking to the old processes. That’s when Juan thought of a video he had seen: the backward bike, which helped him explain to his stakeholders what was missing! WARNING: this backward bike video is addictive, don’t watch it unless you have 10min to waste!!!!!!

About Juan Rodriguez

Juan started his career as a Drafter. He then transitioned to Engineering IT support, eventually landing in software development. His first introduction to agile-like practices was in 2014, which did not go that well. A few years later, Juan was introduced to Scrum, where he now enjoys being a Scrum Master.

You can link with Juan Rodriguez on LinkedIn.

Shoaib Naik: How to introduce Agile and Scrum to a team that thought Waterfall was the only possible process for their work!

Shoaib was both the project manager and the scrum master for this project. When the project started, Waterfall was the overall process framework the teams were using, and they thought it was the most adequate process because they were installing Data Centers from scratch. However, Shoaib was not convinced, and helped the teams understand the differences between Scrum and Waterfall. Listen in to learn how Shoaib introduced Agile and Scrum to a team that thought Waterfall was the only possible process for their work!

About Shoaib Naik

Shoaib is a Scrum Master with over 11 years in Software development with experience in different roles, from IT Account Manager, Product Manager to Project Manager in product as well services-based companies.

You can link with Shoaib Naik on LinkedIn, and follow Shoaib Naik’s blog.

Catherine Kraus: How to setup an Agile team working remote and hybrid

Catherine was in the process of helping set up a team with on-shore and off-shore team members, which was being setup as a hybrid work team. As she discussed with the team members, and stakeholders, she quickly understood the team setup would have to be thought through, and followed-up carefully. In this episode, she describes the process she used, and how she involved the stakeholders in the process of setting up that team.

About Catherine Kraus

As a Scrum Master & Team Coach, Catherine Kraus inspires and galvanizes others into action with her playful and pragmatic approach. She works with organizations to build happier, healthier teams with purpose. She has over 15 years experience leading various transformation and change management projects in IT, Finance, HR & Marketing.

You can link with Catherine Kraus on LinkedIn.

Wilson Govindji: How to be deliberate about the change that Agile transformation brings

Working through an Agile adoption change in our organizations is always a difficult process, as not everyone will feel the same excitement about the adoption of Agile or Scrum. In this organization, the company had put up posters about Agile, but Wilson quickly realized that the Agile mindset was missing in the teams he worked with. This realization started a process of going through the change and Agile adoption process in a deliberate manner, and Wilson describes the process they adopted for that deliberate change management process.

In this episode, we refer to John Kotter’s book on change management: Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions.

About Wilson Govindji

Wilson is a pragmatic Scrum Master, he has over 15 years in Software development and has worked in different roles, from Support Analyst, Developer to tech lead. Wilson is from Portugal, with Indian origins and currently living and working in the UK with his wife and two daughters.

You can link with Wilson Govindji on LinkedIn and follow Wilson Govindji’s blog on Medium.

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