07 - 09 November 2018

M Shed, Bristol

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Helen Lisowski


About this Case Study

This session is about taking a different approach to being agile.

Do you hear people say 'You must do this to be agile' - or 'In agile, we don't do that'. Well, I've never been one for rules. I prefer something more like the pirates' code; I'm far more about guidelines!

I want to talk about how agile is often viewed as a destination, an end point for an 'agile transformation'. This makes little sense, as we can't ever be 'done' getting to agile. Instead, I want to explore why it's far more like a journey.

We're all on a journey to be better tomorrow than we were today. This is growth, whether you're a company or an individual. We all start in different places and need different things at different times.

Our position on the path of our journey is only interesting in its relationship to ourselves. Rather than comparing ourselves to other travellers, we need to ask for help on our journey and to offer help to others as WE ALL navigate the tricky bits.

This means our own agile journeys are about building a community and helping our fellow travellers. Anything that inhibits us from coming together for our mutual benefit doesn't serve us on our journey, but it's all too easy to find yourself defending someone else's castle!

About the Speaker

Helen Lisowski trains and mentors talented people in the software development industry to build great habits. Using psychology and behavioural science, she helps people work to their optimum and deliver more value for their organisations. She has been involved in agile for well over a decade, from international corporations to start-ups, and everything in between.

Currently working at NewVoiceMedia, Helen has helped transform the agile process from yearly to weekly releases. She has been presenting, running workshops and writing for many years now. She blogs at FluidWorking.com.

Helen claims her life is filled with variations on the same question about why we humans do what we do. She has an obsession with afternoon tea, so if you bump into her, say hi and join her for a brew.


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