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Tuesday, June 19 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
EXEC TALK: Building a Lean Culture Through Servant Leadership: A Technical Manager's Guide to Agility

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The best development methodologies of the last few decades aren't about technology, they're about people. Agile, DevOps and Lean are all about people and culture. And yet, as technology leaders, we often get too focused on the practices and rituals instead. Practices are easier to train, certify, mandate, measure, and scale. But culture is a lot harder to change. In this talk, we will walk through 2 case studies of converting large, bureaucratic, waterfall organizations into Lean cultures that went from deploying once every few months to several hundred times a week. We show how the transformation starts with changing the leader's mindset from command-and-control to servant leadership. We walk through the changes that are required through 3 lenses: people, process and technology. How did we break silos to enable self-organizing teams, platform thinking, and a focus on the right metrics? How did we mitigate the risks that came from letting go of organizational The journey wasn't always smooth. At several times, the transformation almost failed due to a lack of risk management. We talk through what a balanced risk management program looks like for organizations that deliver features to customers many times a day. To end, we show the long-term benefits to the organization of this cultural change, and how the short-term pain of Agile transformation led to long-term gains.

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Vishal Bardoloi

Lead Developer, ThoughtWorks
Vishal is a lead consultant and technologist at ThoughtWorks. For over 11 years, he has been leading mission-critical projects and teams for clients. His code is currently helping run planes, trains, automobiles and the Space Station. He loves reading and biking, and his proudest... Read More →

Tuesday June 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
DevExec Stage