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Embracing Agility In Work and Life

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?

From a college fresher where a backlog meant something very negative to an IT professional where a backlog means a whole new world, the transformation for me has been immense. From seeing failed Agilish (read waterfall ) implementations to now following true Agile my journey has been incredible, but it was only in 2016 when I understood the actual essence of each sentence and each word of the Manifesto when my then Manager and now mentor introduced me to the world of Agile and since then there is no looking back.

Its been a fun journey in identifying and thinking about the various ways in which this methodology can not only be used in IT developments but other non IT functions in the organizations to your personal life too. There are many such professional and personal instances I can quote here, right from training the IT Infrastructure department in Agile and Lean principles to checking how it could work with SAp projects to experimenting with using it in Annual performance appraisals cycles (Refer to Embracing performance Kaizen - my
case study at the organization I work for - https://www.slideshare.net/secret/34MOUcoXnOKts1 ) to actually using the principles and a Kanban board to plan my wedding its been a great learning experience and equally good sharing experience. And I am always in a quest of trying new things when I learn them from people and to experiment over it to create variations. Thus the change journey has just began and there is a lot lot more to learn, explore and do.

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I have been blessed by a wonderful mentor and whatever knowledge and little success or fame I have achieved speaking at conferences, I completely owe to him and the way he has taught me Agile and coaching in many aspects of life which is not limited to a professional space. At this camp when I meet new people with more or less experience than me I only see a possibility to meet more people like him whose experiences and knowledge and interactions with whom is only going to enrich my knowledge and help me in this Agile journey forward.

How do you plan to contribute?
In many ways in and out of the organization I work with. In my organization I am trying to establish enterprise agility rather than just focus on the regular Agile product development, be it the HR function, Admin department or be it the 'learning and knowledge; management department. How I wish the whole world would be Agile :-) Though a big thought from a newbie like me, this is how I plan to contribute in my organization further to the trainings I have been conducting for the Business Analysts, IT infrastructure department and SAP teams. Otherwise outside of the organization I plan to contribute in Business Agility meet ups for the Pune chapter where I am a volunteer.