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While walking the halls of Agile2015...

this is what I overheard on Day One of this very popular conference in Washington, D.C.:

“We submitted a paper and we heard back 20 days later. Normally you submit a paper and you hear back six months later and you’ve forgotten what you submitted. Here they’re even Aile in how they handle the conference.” – graduate student and speaker

“Ok, Agile failure already! They know how many women come to the Agile conference and they’re out of women’s t-shirts on the first morning? Really?” – Agile practitioner from a large technology company

“I have a really resistant team. They don’t want to change, or do any kind of project management. We’re making the same mistakes over and over again. Today I’m looking for little things I can bring back and suggest to them. We need work on team building.” – manager of a software development team that works primarily with the federal government

“At my company, I guess we’d be called “Scrum buts” because while our developers use agile principles, I admit the systems engineers, etc., work on requirements completely separately. They’re very resistant to change and I’m here looking for some ideas that might make it easier. It’s very hard to scale Agile at the enterprise level.” – manager of a software team that largely works with the Defense Department

“I really want to learn more about game theory and how it can be used to help make us more agile.” – Agile coach at a large technology company

“Any team of programmers, if given enough time, will justify a complete rewrite of the code.” – Luke Hohmann (paraphrasing a former colleage), Awesome Superproblems Keynote speaker

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I think what can help is a true cross functional team, where you have developers, testers, Dev-Ops, PMO, product managers/business representation, and of course system engineering. This requires you to work with senior management to change the approach of the company, so that your company is truly integrated with its customers and every cross functional team is working for end use/customer. You can see our website for some insight on our approach, http://www.sw-quality.com/vivek-vasudeva-training-services/vivek-vasudeva-software-quality-reliability/vivek-vasudeva-agile-processes/
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