Instilling Agile Values for Creativity, Self-Improvement and Organizational Change – A Manager’s Perspective
The scale and speed of an agile adoption are external measures that don’t speak to the founding values of the practice. Collective ownership, continuous improvement and high trust are hard won, take time and discipline but lead to craftsmanship and joy. They are enabling conditions for innovation and beneficial change.
I will retrospect on my contributions both positive and negative towards cultivating these values in two teams. The first was a practice that matured over four years, led to a new mission for the team and direct collaboration with the founder and CEO. The second, is a new team finding its way at the end of its first year. What will I do more off? What will I do less of? What impediments got in the way?
Ken Judy has been building software for fifteen years. He has been a developer, technicallead, product manager and manager. For seven years, he’s been learning and practicing agile software development because, at its best, agile delivers business value while fostering focused teams, passionate individuals and sustainable work/life balance.
He has presented on Product Ownership, Knowledge Creation, Collaboration and Software Ethics at Agile, the Scrum Gathering and the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences.
He is a Certified Scrum Practitioner and an IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional.
Ken is currently VP, Engineering for Simon & Schuster Digital in New York City.