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Friday, February 21st, 2014
As of Feb 20th 2014, the following folks have registered for the Agile India Conference
Roles – 320
|Account Qlty Manager
||Agile & Lean Coach
||Agile Business Analyst
||Agile Coach and Strategist
||Agile Coach, Trainer, and Consultant
|Agile Coach Wrangler
||Agile Coach/Scrum master
||Agile CoE Leadership Team
||Agile Practitioner & Consultant
||Agile Product Manager
|Agile Program Consultant
||Agile Project Manager
||Agile Strategist & Coach
||Agile Trainer and Coach
||Agile Transformation Consultant
|Agile Transformation Manager APA
||Assistant Manager Process & Quality
||Assoc. Director – Projects
||Associate General Manager – Consulting
|Associate Java Developer
||Associate Project Manager
||Asst Manager Process & Quality
||BTS Head of Corporate
||Business Transformation Coach, Agile Coach, Open Space Facilitator
|Chief Functional Architect
|Co-Founder and CEO
||Competence Group Manager – M2O
||Consultant – Agile Center of Excellence
|Contact Centre Team Lead
||Customer Care Associate, GM Solutions & Tech
|Delivery Excellence Head
|Delivery Manager / TTS / Delivery Services
||Dev Management Products
||Dev Staff Engineer
||Development Line Manager
||Development Line Manager – EPG Product
||Development Project Manager
|Development Vice President
||Director – Agile CoE
|Director – Head of Software Development
||Director – Product Marketing
||Director – Products
|Director – Projects
||Director, Agile Software Engineering
|Director, India Sales Operations
||Director of Engineering
||Director of Platform Development
||Director- R&D Competency
||Executive Manager, Risk Advice
||Expert Software Engineer
||Founder & CTO
||General Manager – Quality
|General Manager and Market Principal
||GM, Head : Continuous Improvement
||Group Manager – Consulting
|Head – IT,Defence and Aerospace markets
||Head – Technology Competences
||Head of Delivery
|Head of Engineering
||Head of IT Delivery Competence Groups
||Head of Offshore Development
|Head of People and Culture
||Head of Project Management
||Head of R&D Operations
|Head of Technology – Customer Systems
||Head of Technology – Group Platform
||Head- Organisational Markets
|IT Portfolio Manager
||Lead Application Architect
||Lead Consultant – Business Analyst
||Lead Program Integrator
|Lead SCM Engineer
||Lead Software Engineer
||Lead System Designer
||Manager – Application Development
|Manager – Engineering
||Manager – Projects
||Manager / Scrum Master
|Manager – Software Development
||Manager Delivery Services
|Manager Program Management
||Manager Software Development
|Manager, Software Development Engineering
||Manager-Software Development (ERP)
|Marketing & Events Specialist
||Marketing Programs Manager
|Marketing Programs Manager1
||Portfolio Project Manager
||Practice Head – ATS
||Practice Head – Lean and Kanban
|Practice Manager – SMAC
||Practice Tech Lead, MCDE
|Pre-Sales (Technical Consultant)
||President, Asia Pacific Operations
|Principal Agile Coach
||Principal Consultant – ERP, EAS Analytics
||Principal Engineering Project Manager
||Principal Group Program Manager
|Principal Program Manager
||Principal Software Developer
|Principal Software Engineer
|Product Governance Head
|Product Manager B2B/B2G
||Product Manager, Solutions
||Product Test Analyst
||Program Director – BSC
|Program Management Advisor
||Program Management Senior Advisor
|Program Manager – Agile Transformation and Scaling
||Program Manager – CM
|Project / Program Manager
||Project Manager IT
||QA Associate Manager
||Quality Assurance Architect
|RM – South
||Senior Agile Coach
||Senior Agile Practitioner
||Senior Business Analyst
|Senior Delivery Manager
||Senior Delivery Manager / TTS / Delivery Services
||Senior Design Engineer
||Senior Development Manager
|Senior Director – Projects
||Senior Engg Project Manager
||Senior Engineer – Process
|Senior Engineer Specialist
||Senior Engineering Manager
||Senior Engineering Project Manager
|Senior Group Manager
||Senior IT Engineer
|Senior Manager – Agile Working Group
||Senior Manager – Development
||Senior Manager – LEAN
|Senior Manager , Program Management
||Senior Manager – Projects
||Senior Manager – Quality
|Senior Manager – Release Management
||Senior Manager – Test Engineering
||Senior Manager Business Development
|Senior Manager of Engineering
||Senior Manager Projects
||Senior Manager Software Development
|Senior Manager Technology
||Senior Product Manager
||Senior Productivity Expert
||Senior Professional – Technology Analyst
||Senior Program Manager
|Senior Project Lead
||Senior Project Manager
||Senior Quality Engineer
|Senior Software Developer
||Senior Software Engineer
||Senior Software QA Engineer
|Senior Sofware Engineer
||Senior Sourcing Specialist
||Senior Systems Analyst
|Senior Systems Specialist
||Senior Tech Lead
||Senior Technical Architect
|Senior Technical Lead
||Senior Technical Presales Specialist, Sales
||Senior Technical Staff Member
|Senior Test Engineer
||Senior Vice President
||Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
||Software Development Advisor
||Software Development Engineer
|Software Development Manager
||Software Development Staff Engineer
|Software Engineer Manager
||Software Engineer Senior Manager
|Sr Analyst – Apps Prog
||Sr IT QA Manager
||SR. MANAGER, IT
||SR. QA ENGINEER – II
|Sr Quality Engineer
||Sr Technology Manager
||Systems Analyst – Test Engineering
||Technical / Process Advisor
||Technical Director – Product Management
|Technical Program Manager
||Technical Specialist – Quality
||Test Practice Lead
||Test Senior Engineer
||Vice President – STB Solutions
||Vice President and Regional IT COO
|Vice President, R&D
||Vice President-Engineering and Delivery
||VP, Chief Quality Officer
|VP Global Sales
Organisations – 205
||Aditya Birla Minacs
|Agile Coaching Institute
|Alliance Global Services
||Amadeus Software Labs India
|Amazon India Development.
||BMC Software Inc. Pune
|BNP Paribas India Solutions
|CatalystOne Info Solutions
||Cognizant Technology Solutions
||Crest Premedia Solutions
||David J Anderson & Associates
||Directing the Agile Organisation
||Direction Software Solution
|E. Slomba Arts Interstices
||Enteleki Technology Solutions
||Fiberlink Software, an IBM Company
||Fidelity National Financial
|Ford Technology Services India
||Honeywell Technology Solutions
||Huawei Technologies India.
||IFS Research and Development International LTD
||INTEAMO INNOVATIONS & SOFTWARE PRIVATE LIMITED
|Intel Technology India
|Ishi Information Systems
||Jeeves Information Systems
||Khanyisa Real Systems
||Manipal Global Education services
||McAfee Software India
|Mckinsey & Company
||Micromen Software Solutions
||Milaap Social Ventures
||Nokia (Maps Division) (HERE India)
|Philips Electronics India
|Pragmatic Programmers, LLC
||Principal Global Services.
|RENISHAW METROLOGY SYSTEMS
||SAP Labs India
|SAS Research & Development
||Scaled Agile, Inc.
||SHOPPERS STOP LTD
|Siemens AG Healthcare
||Siemens Technology & Services.
|Software AG Bangalore Technologies
|SunGard Consulting Services
||Symphony Teleca Corporation
||Synerzip Softech India.
||Tata consultancy services
|TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD
||Tesco Hindustan Service Center
||Tesco Hindustan Service Center, Bangalore
|With Great People
||Xebia IT Architect
Countries – 28
||# of Attendees
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
The need for an Agile coach and a right channel for coaching has become imperative for many Agile organisations. This forces us to nurture a community of coaches who understand the role requirements and goes beyond the usual to tackle the implementation challenges. Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd are pioneers in coaching the Agile coaches to handle large enterprise problems. Their experience in life coaching and expertise in the industry gives them an edge. They have more than 15 years of experience in leading projects and organisations.
Lyssa is also trained as a Co-active coach and leader. She authored ‘Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition’ in 2010.
Michael is trained as a Team and Organisational coach, in co-active leadership and in executive coaching.Currently he is writing a book called Coaching in the Agile Enterprise.
Lyssa and Michael are running a workshop at Agile India 2014 for Agilists who wants to increase their overall Agile coaching skills, including in the areas of Teaching, Mentoring, Facilitation, and Professional Coaching.
We had a short chat with them to understand their views about Agile Coaching
1. What is the role of an Agile Coach in the Agile transformation journey?
Lyssa Adkins: You know Agile coach is a word that we just use generically because almost every corporation has their own version of these words. They’ll say “XP coach” or “Scrum Master” or “Agile Project Manager” or something like that. And we’re not really religious about which form or the word we use. What we care is about how the coaches help teams move beyond just getting the practices up and running and, into helping teams on their joyful and deliberate pursuit of high performance. It’s really going beyond what we would consider as a basic Scrum Master or XP coach for example.
Michael Spayd: It is, as Lyssa is saying, a pretty broad range of definitions. The word “coach” is interesting too because it’s such an overloaded term. You know, it means sports coach to some people, it means professional coach – like a life coach or an executive coach to some people, and it means kind of you having coaching by your manager which really means telling you what you need to do or you are going to get fired.And that’s created some confusion around what Agile coaches do and a really wide range of activities they do.
We’ve done some writing about that and talked about all the competencies that Agile coaches need to have. But basically they stand in a position or work in a position that’s kind of like a team leader in a certain way and kind of outside the team, helping the team, serving the team, and helping the team become a better team. Not like doing things for the team, not getting and making all the decisions for the team – anything like that, but really trying to help the team become a better team.
2. What does it take to be an effective Agile Coach?
Michael Spayd: Well this is where the term Agile coach is both overloaded and really big actually, there’s a lot of things to do as an Agile coach. So we look to impart facilitation, like professional facilitation and having skill at being a neutral facilitator of meetings and events (you know games whatever it is in the Agile environment). And help leading teams through that without getting involved in the content without voting on “Oh you should do this way” but actually helping the team get better themselves.
The thing that most people think about when they think about an Agile coach is what we call an Agile-Lean practitioner, so knowing about the Agile processes, knowing how the values relate to the principles, relate to and generate the practices, how you innovate, how you modify them in a consistent way – that sort of thing – so all the world of knowing all about Agile and Lean. That’s one big, big piece but it’s definitely not the whole shooting match.
Lyssa Adkins: The predominant role we’re playing now is to help coaches create awareness in themselves of which of those disciplines (we didn’t even go through all of them but we’ve gone through a good number of them) they have solidly and which they don’t. And how at any given moment they will choose which one serves the purposes of the transformation best.
Michael Spayd: So making for an Agile coach in terms of transforming or working with a team they have to draw on this pallet, if you think about this, because coaching, facilitation, teaching, mentoring, Agile Lean practitioner. It’s like a pallet of colours that you are painting with so to speak, and the art of it, in a lot of ways, is which one do you choose at which time to help an organization make this transition.
Lyssa Adkins: We recognize that transformation is about “transformation”. Which means you can’t consult your way into it, you can’t cajole someone into it, you can’t make them do it. It’s a lot about each individual person and how that radiates out to a whole organization. So, in the center of all of those disciplines is this thing we call the coaching stance. Which is very much just like a home base that an Agile coach comes back to as a way to help activate in other people their next positive steps towards the transformation they see needs to take place. And that’s how the results stick. That’s how an organization continues to transform once the Agile consultants have left the building. And that’s an important thing for us. I guess the higher calling of why we’re together is that Agile is this incredible positive transformation virus. It is unleashing a wave of positive change everywhere that it goes. And we believe that Agile coaches when they are well equipped are powerful transformation agents to help that virus spread in a positive and useful way. Not only for people but also for products.
3. What are the key take-aways from your workshop?
Lyssa Adkins: Well instead of us telling you about the take-aways from our workshops, you can find the testimonials from our participants on ‘Our Impact’ page in our website.
This workshop has limited seats. Book early to avoid disappointments: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-india-2014#workshops
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
With the increase in the consumer demand and change in the market dynamics, the number of new products that are launched in our market have increased tremendously. The passion of these young entrepreneurs have inspired thousands of young minds to develop new solutions to new/existing problems. However the success of these products are largely driven by the consumer expectation and passion is only a driving force.
Ash Maurya, a serial entrepreneur is running a 2-day workshop about building successful products at Agile India 2014. In this 2-day hands-on workshop, you’ll learn a systematic methodology, developed through rigorous testing of Lean Startup, Customer Development, and Bootstrapping techniques on hundreds of products, that will show you exactly how to build what people want.
He is the founder of Spark59 and also the author of ‘Running Lean’. Currently he is working on his new book ‘The Customer Factory’.
We had a short chat with him to understand his views about building successful products.
1. What is one important lesson that the large enterprises should learn from startups and vice versa?
Bringing a new product to market, whether at a large enterprise or startup, is riddled with extreme uncertainty. Most products fail.
The key to raising these odds is prioritizing learning around what’s riskiest (not easiest) in the business model.
The first phase of the journey is getting to a business model that works. This can be characterized as a “search” problem where speed is key. The best mode of operation here is the startup. Enterprises that want to explore new or disruptive innovation should model themselves after startups.
The second phase of the journey is scaling that business model. This can be characterized as an “execution” problem where systems and processes become increasingly important. Here the startup needs to mature it’s practices and can learn a lot from existing enterprises.
2. How does Lean Startup help companies to deliver a customer centric product?
The job of a business model is to create, deliver, and capture customer value.
The Lean Startup embodies the customer in every part of the process. All experiments have to end in customer learning and you aren’t making progress until you can demonstrate customer value.
It is through this continuous feedback loop with customers that we break the product development silo and build more products that people want.
3. Your Lean Canvas is an excellent tool to help companies articulate their business model in a simple format. Are there any gotchas that companies should be aware when using the Lean Canvas?
The biggest pitfall with any kind of modelling is falling into the analysis/paralysis trap. I recommend time-boxing business model creation to no more than a day and then shifting all the effort to business model validation using the other tools in the Lean Stack suite.
4. India has a budding Startup culture. What would be your advice to startups?
I truly believe we are going through a global entrepreneurial renaissance which represents an incredible opportunity for all of us.
But while we are building more products than ever before, the sad reality is that the success rate of these products hasn’t changed much.
The odds are still heavily stacked against starting a new business and most of these products will unfortunately fail.
The good news is that a lot of these big bang failures can be outright avoided and instead replaced with a more systematic approach to building successful products.
The number one reason why products fail is not because we fail to build what we set out to build but because we waste needless time, money, and effort building the wrong product.
I attribute the entrepreneurs unbridled passion for their solution to be the top contributor to this failure.
The key is shifting your perspective from having more passion about just your solution to having as much (if not more passion) for your customers and their problems.
5. What is the take away from your Running Lean workshop ?
This will be hands on workshop with part lecture and part hands-on exercises where you will work on moving your business forward using lean techniques.
The first day will be all about modelling your business into a more more manageable and testable framework. While the second day will be all about stress testing this business model through carefully designed experiments.
By the end of this 2-day workshop, you will have an actionable plan for what to do next to move your business or product idea forward.
This workshop has limited seats. Book early to avoid disappointments: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-india-2014#workshops
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Goals: Learn and practice Agile by doing Agile. Build community. Make art!
The concept: During three evenings, we’ll create a visual art piece together. We’ll create new connections among attendees and build and reinforce the community of Agilists in India and around the world. On the fourth day, we’ll display our art. Finally, we’ll give pieces of our art as gifts to each other to take home with us as reminders of our potential to create greatness together.
The art piece will be a large two-dimensional wall hanging. The center of the piece will be the Agile India logo. We’ll create both the central theme and smaller scale contributions that represent each of us as individual people. We’ll get help from a small team of artists and designers from McAfee in Bangalore.
We’ll use Scrum to execute the piece during the first 3 evenings of the conference. We’ll work in 1-hour sprints to create the piece in three-hour-long sessions. Richard Kasperowski will play Product Owner, Nagendra Kumar will play Scrum Master, and the attendees will be the Development Team. Every hour, we’ll plan our sprint, do the work, hold a review, and retrospect to improve our creativity and velocity toward our goal-to complete the piece and hang it on the wall by the end of the third day.
Here is a small video, which demonstrates a similar art event:
On the morning of the fourth day, we’ll unveil the piece, and it will be available for attendees to enjoy. During the afternoon of the fourth day, we’ll dismantle the project by offering pieces of it as gifts to each other to take home. Thus the piece will be both ephemeral and permanent. The unified piece will exist for only a short time, the fourth day of the conference, before we dismantle it. Small individual pieces of art will live on permanently in the homes and offices of the people who take them home with them, as reminders of the community, and as symbols of the power of art and Agile to create greatness together.
Interested to join us? Apply Here!
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Come, join the very FIRST Agile Job Fair in the World!
A platform dedicated for the Agile practitioners to meet their potential Agile employers.
Agile India Job Fair is being organised by Agile Software Community of India, a registered non-profit society. We have been running conference and other events in India since 2004. This job fair is on the very next day, after our international conference – Agile India 2014, which attracts about 1000 international participants.
Why a job fair?
Agile methods have become mainstream and they are here to stay. In India, many companies are having a hard time finding needles in the haystack .i.e. finding really good Agile practitioners from a whole lot of posers.
The few, really good practitioners out there, have a similar problem. Every company wants to hire Agile people, but are they ready? Do they really believe in Agile culture and even have an agile mindset?
Many practitioners want to talk to real people from the company to really understand the culture of the organisation and the nature of the work.
Browsing the classifieds or surfing the Internet or talking to headhunters (recruiting companies) can only get you so far.
To solve this problem, we are creating a first-of-its-kind, unique opportunity where job-seekers can meet several top Agile employers face-to-face under one roof, clarify their doubts, interview with potential companies and also socialise with other candidates.
Walk-In to explore a gamut of Agile career opportunities with the best Agile employers in India.
What kind of candidates would this event attract?
We have a database of 56,512 software professionals from top companies in India. We will market this event to all these folks. However, who will attend will largely depend on the kind of companies that will be participating to hire candidates. We would filter the companies, to make sure only top companies are part of this event and hence ensure that we would be able to attract really good practitioners.
What can a participating Company (Employer) do to attract participants?
Seeing is believing! So we would strongly suggest you give participants a glimpse of your work culture. May be setup a pair-programming station and project the programming session on a large screen. May be you can setup a story card wall. Showcase some the nature of problems your company is solving. Run a slideshow of pictures from your office. And may more. Just get creative!
What is the cost to participate?
This is a non-profit event. There are 2 major costs, the hall rental and the cost of setting up stalls. We would pass the actual cost to the companies. Our estimate is 35,000-50,000 INR per company. And we are planning to keep it free for Job Seekers (Agile Practitioners) to attend.
Exclusive Event: Get FREE agile career counseling and coaching from Naresh Jain, the founder of the Agile movement in India.
Sounds interesting? Fill the form to participate…Agile Job Fair
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Register for the three existing conferences coming up in India:
1. Agile Goa 2013 – Our 6th Annual Conference in Goa
We’ve a superb speaker lineup. Check out the program
Limited seats available, register today at: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-goa-2013
2. Agile Kerala 2013 – FIRST ever Agile and Lean Conference in Kerala. Check out our Planned Program
Take advantage of the Early-Bird pricing, register today at: http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-kerala-2013
3. Agile India 2014 – Asia’s Premier and Largest conference on Agile and Lean Methods. Get an opportunity to meet Martin Fowler, Dave Thomas, Dave Snowden, Ash Maurya and many other thought leaders…
We launched the online registration on Sep 2nd at 10:00 AM. In a matter of 40 mins, the entire Super Early Bird Registration Slab of 100 tickets was completely SOLD OUT. This is the best response we’ve got in the last 9 years of organizing these conferences.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to grab a conference ticket at these special, limited-time, attractive prices – http://booking.agilefaqs.com/agile-india-2014
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Agile Software Community of India is happy to announce 4 new exciting conferences.
* Agile Coach Camp is an unconference for Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Agile Trainers, Leaders, Change Agents and Mentors. (Last coach camp in June was completely sold out 2 weeks in advance. Since we had a waiting list of 43 coaches, we’ve organized another coach camp in July. Last few seats left – register today – http://booking.agilefaqs.com/accb13/
* Agile Goa 2013 conference is our 6th Agile Conference in Goa. It will be held at Taleigao Community Centre, Panaji.
Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit your speaker proposals before July 31st. More details: http://agileindia.org/agilegoa2013/proposals
We are also looking for program reviewers, if interested find details at http://agileindia.org/agilegoa2013/proposals
* Agile Kerala 2013 conference is the FIRST ever Agile and Lean Software Development Conference in Kerala. It will be held at Park Centre, Technopark Campus, Trivandrum.
Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit your speaker proposals before August 31st. More details: http://agileindia.org/agilekerala2013/proposals
We are also looking for program reviewers, if interested find details at http://agileindia.org/agilekerala2013/proposals
* Agile India 2014 conference is Asia’s largest & premier international conference on Agile and Lean Software Development methods. Unlike previous years, next year, each day has a specific theme. Also each day is a stand-alone event and participants can register for 1 or more days. We’ll limit the participants to max 500 on each day to ensure higher collaboration.
Based on consistent feedback, in 2014, we’ll focus on have more practitioners sharing their Case Studies and Experience Report.
** Day 1 – Scaling Agile Adoption
** Day 2 – Offshore/Distributed Agile
** Day 3 – Agile Lifecycle
** Day 4 – Beyond Agile
Currently we are forming the program team. You can apply before June 30th to be a reviewer.
Conference overview presentation: slideshare or PDF
Stay tuned for more…
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
What: Unconference for Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Agile Trainers, Leaders, Change Agents and Mentors.
When: 7th-8th June 2013
Where: Hotel Ramada, Bangalore
Theme: True Essence of Coaching
Role of a Coach?
Many of us have embraced an agile coach’s role, but do we really understand what coaching is all about? How coaching is different from mentoring?
To help us learn about the true essence of coaching, during this Coach Camp, we’ve dedicated one full day to work with Judy van Zon
, who is
Other Popular Topics for Day 1
- Agile Estimation Techniques
- Part-time vs. Full-time Coaching
- Getting team buy-in
- Enterprise Agility
- Coaching == Leading by Example
- Agile Fixed-bid Projects
- TDD on Large, Legacy Code
- Agile Adoption Patterns
- Code Quality Metric
- Performance Evaluation in Agile
- Product Discovery & Story Mapping
- Agile and Audits- Oxymoron?
- Slicing User Stories
- Agile Portfolio Management
Register online at http://booking.agilefaqs.com/accb13/