CT-SPIN #87: The Case for Personal Agility (or Why I left software development)

Event Sponsors

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Join Maritza van den Heuvel, as she shares her views of how we need to foster individual agility by reinventing education and supporting individuals to embrace personal agility.

Exceptionally on a Tuesday!

Snacks kindly sponsored by Unboxed Consulting.
Wine kindly sponsored by Polymorph Systems.

Venue

Tuesday, 19 March 2013, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn’s NEW location,
3rd Floor,
Block B
66 Albert Road,
Woodstock

Note: It is one of those old industrial buildings in Woodstock that is getting a revamp. Enter  from Williams St (around the back) which is closer to the lift/stairs. Their offices are in the corner of the building by Williams and Station St. There is parking on Station St and Williams St around the venue. We will also try to organise some undercover spaces.

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Agenda

18:15 Welcoming and Introduction
Chris Oloff
18:20 The Case for Personal Agility
Maritza van den Heuvel
19:20 Closing and Thanks
Chris Oloff
19:25 Networking & Discussion

Abstract

If you have ever been involved in a Scrum or Kanban adoption, you will know how painful such adoptions can sometimes be, and how, often, an initial successful adoption is often eroded over time by the prevailing organizational culture. Many organizations, teams and individuals struggle to make a lasting, successful transition from top-down linear workflows to bottom-up feedback loops. The change management overhead (read: people pain!) is often simply far too great for true transformation to occur.

Why is that? A basic tenet of software quality, is that the earlier you fix a bug, the less it costs you. If we want agile behaviours to become embedded in our modern workplaces, then we need to intervene much earlier than when people arrive at the workplace. We need to start with education and the way people are taught to learn. We need to start with individuals and interactions, rather than with processes and tools.

Join me, as I share my views of how we need to foster individual agility by reinventing education and supporting individuals to embrace personal agility.

Speaker Profile

Maritza van den Heuvel

Maritza van den Heuvel spent six years doing research in computational linguistics after completing a postgraduate degree in Linguistics. She eventually left academia for the software industry where she cut her teeth on Agile and Scrum as a Scrum Master and Product Owner, helping teams to evolve from waterfall to Scrum. Along the way, her unquenchable thirst for knowledge led her to Kanban and lean systems thinking. Since then, she has become a passionate proponent of the power of constraints and visual controls to transform the world of work in the 21st century. She is currently with Pearson Southern Africa, where she’s applying her background to leading innovation in technology-enabled education.

At heart, Maritza is a writer. She is the co-author of Beyond Agile – Tales of Continuous Improvement, a collection of real-world case studies of Lean/Agile teams engaged in continuous improvement. She also blogs. Her Becoming an Agile Family blog chronicles the ways her family uses Personal Kanban to navigate work and life. To learn more about Maritza and her passion for continuous improvement, go to scrumfamily.wordpress.com or find her on Twitter (@maritzavdh).

The slides from her talk are available on Slideshare.

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