Belkis Vasquez-McCall & Gabino Roche
An experience report (and video!) on the successful adoption and scaling of Agile practices within an IT organization through a year-long, innovative, and exciting campaign – the Amazing Team Race. This report shares successful strategies, some failed approaches, and finally how we created a culture of enthusiasm surrounding the adoption of Agile. It also demonstrates how widespread Agile adoption can be successful even in non-collocated team environments. The make-up of the IT organization consists of distributed teams and team members, half of whom are outsourced contractors.
This session will be an overview of a year long challenge that was designed to help in the adoption and scaling of Agile practices within our organization. In 2008, a year after introducing Scrum into our organization, there was a clear need to create excitement around the adoption and scaling of Scrum within the development group. This lead us to develop what we called ‘The Amazing Team Race’ with the goal of scaling Scrum while recognizing and promoting behaviors of high performing teams.
A Certified Scrum Practitioner for the past 2 years with over 11 years experience in areas like help desk support, network administration, and development under the Rational Unified Process (RUP). Belkis has experience discovering, evolving and managing software requirements, deep understanding of solution design in an Agile software development. For the past year, she has focused her work as an Agile Coach, specializing in helping product owner(s) and Scrum Master understand and perform their role.
Currently working as the Director of Application Development at NYSE Technologies. Prior to that, a technologist with over 10 years experience in Business Analysis, Project/Product and Program Management roles within global IT environments at start-up and F500 companies. Also an experienced Agile (Scrum) coach seeking to learn best practices from other technology professionals.