Lars has been involved in agile for more than a decade having many different roles – coach, customer, CM-doctor, educator and researcher.
He enjoys the flexibility that agile allows for and appreciates the discipline and care that it requires to do agile right. Besides preaching agile philosophy his main interest is to show that configuration management can play a big role also in agile contexts.
Lightning talk: ”Upgrading” many people to an agile mind-set
I am head of department of 100+ rather inexperienced developers that I wanted to shift to an agile development method (eXtreme Programming).
I hired almost two dozens coaches to follow/guide them through an intensive seven-day bootcamp. At the end they turned out to have obtained a fairly good grip on agile techniques and learned a lot from the many mistakes they were allowed to make. Then I sacked them all and wait another ten months before I hire a new group of inexperienced developers.
Oh, by the way – my company is Computer Science at Lund University and my sacked employees (and coaches) may become your future employees/colleagues.
Are you satisfied with the job we do? Could you do it the same way? How do you do it? Could we do it more efficiently?