From infancy to adulthood: The human aspects of agile maturity

Full Name(s): 
Alfred Mukudu
Alfred Mukudu is a Business Consultant with Business Systems Group (Africa), a client-centric fact-based IT consulting company. As a delivery manager he has worked with and observed teams in different environments and industries, utilising different methodologies with varying levels of success. Through his experiences, and a grounding in Systems Thinking and Task Technology Fit theories, he has been probing at the question of what does great look like in an agile environment? Answering this question will help unlock potential and increase value extraction from agile.
Abstract: 
We have been executing projects across a variety of industries for a while and have observed and supported agile , waterfall and "please don’t label our methodology" implementations. Project executions over the years have begun to demand more agility, and we've seen a healthy appetite for agile methodologies, albeit in varying degrees. We've seen agile methodologies fall flat after a while, and in some cases we've seen non-agile methodologies being re-branded under the mantra "we've tried that and we decided to tweak our old way of doing things". I recently began exploring what a mature agile environment looks like. Do they buy more post-its than others? Do they have the CEO specifying requirements directly? Does strategy come second to consistent execution? Through this exploration, the emergent differentiator between organisational environments is the people. While no tool, formula or framework can accurately predict successful agile adoption, or more importantly tell you if you're getting better at agile  or regressing, there are human aspects that don’t always standout in the agile manifesto, and different methodologies being implemented in the market that can help you know what to look out for. This poster presentation will look at these human aspects that differentiate agile environment maturity, and hopefully give you some points of introspection on where you are and where you could go in your agile journey.
Learning outcomes: 
Attendees will learn behavioural traits to look out for when structuring agile teams (for those new to agile) and small interventions (for those already on the journey) that can be implemented to increase team maturity in agile thinking
Audience Level: 
Beginner
Pre-requisite knowledge: 
Must know the agile principles
Session Type: 
Poster Session
Theme: 
People
Keywords: 
people
agile thinking
agile behaviour
maturity in agile