ETE 2012 – Andre Dhondt – Better Agile through Tribes

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From the abstract:

Runners find that they can go faster with a lower perceived effort when they exercise in a pack. The same thing happens when our software teams gel, and when our management teams decide to work together for mutual benefit. We are, by nature, social beings—but culture teaches us to hold back and avoid deep connection. What do we need to do to bring back the tribal mentality so we can excel as teams? Find out what companies of all sizes, like Comcast (100k employees), ING Direct (2500 employees), and SmarTesting (30 employees) are doing to successfully adopt and improve Agile development!

Paraphrasing from Margaret Mead: “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed [employees] can change the [company]”. This talk is based on personal experience as well as the work of Seth Godin, Jim Collins, Christopher McDougall, Dan Mezick, Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jethá, and Katherine Kirk.