Cultural diversity is an increasingly important reality for Agile teams. The way individual team members approach agile values and principles can vary based on their cultural background. Respecting the impact of various cultural backgrounds on how team members think, and act is essential for building a high performing agile team. On the other hand, lack of cultural awareness may lead – at the least – to failure of achieving the team potential.

In this highly interactive workshop, Hofstede’s cultural model is used to examine the impact of various cultural backgrounds on agile teams. Agile methodologies provide a set of values, principles and practices forming a system of thinking. Links between Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and the Agile system of thinking are explored. Participants are encouraged to use live voting and facilitated discussions to share their thoughts on the impacts. More importantly, understanding what interventions an agile lead can introduce to the system to make cultural diversity and advantage.

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