The Agile Manifesto tells us that “the most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation,” but how can we keep teams connected in a hybrid setting? An increasing number of teams are finding themselves working across timezones or in other hybrid settings. Remote and hybrid work could be an incredible opportunity for Agile practitioners around the world. In this panel conversation co-presented by Agile Alliance and remote:af, April Jefferson, Jim Benson, Renee Troughton, Shane Hastie, Martin Foster, and Ellen Grove joined host Tony Ponton in exploring the impact of hybrid work environments on Agile work.
April leads with empathy and courage while partnering with others to help unlock their full potential. Believes the path to authentic growth and change begins with invitation and a people centered approach. She favors a blended mindset of agile, lean, design thinking, open space and improvisation when engaging. April values connecting people to ownership of their needs and goals. You may find April coaching organizations, speaking at conferences, facilitating social change as a Design Action Lab partner, or mentoring youth.
Ellen Grove is the Interim Managing Director of Agile Alliance. Based in Ottawa, Canada, Ellen has been working in software development for over 20 years, moving from software testing to user-centered design to managing development teams to Agile coaching and training. Ellen is an Agile Coach, trainer and facilitator who works with organizations of all sizes - from startups to multinationals - to help them find more effective ways of working based on Lean and Agile principles and practices. After many years of organizing and presenting at Agile events at home and around the world, Ellen was elected to the Agile Alliance board of directors in 2017, and became the chair of the board in February 2020 before stepping into her current role.
Over the last 35+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives. Before joining ICAgile he spent 15 years as a professional trainer, coach and consultant specialising in Agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements, testing and methodologies for SoftEd in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. He spent nearly five years with ICAgile as the Director of Agile Learning Programs and then Director of Community Development. He has worked with large and small organisations, from individual teams to large transformations all around the world. He draws on over 35 years of practical experience across all levels of Information Technology and software intensive product development. Shane is a TBR certified Trainer for both the in-person and virtual versions of the course and is authorized to teach the Facilitating Exceptional Remote Learning class from Judy Rees. Shane was a director of the Agile Alliance from 2011 to 2016 and was the founding Chair of Agile Alliance New Zealand. He leads the Culture and Methods editorial team for InfoQ.com where he hosts the weekly InfoQ Culture Podcast. He is an ICF registered professional coach. He was one of the authors for both versions of the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge and a member of the core team for BABOK V3. He is co-chair of the Agile Alliance Agile Coaching Ethics initiative, working to produce a code of ethical conduct for agile coaching. He is an ICF registered Professional Coach. He is co-author of the recent book #noprojects - A Culture of Continuous Value, available on Amazon and from InfoQ “I firmly believe that humanistic way of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today. Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.”
Tony Ponton has been an IT Professional for over 20 years and an Agile - Lean Practitioner, Coach and Trainer since 2002. He specialises in coaching leaders, individuals and organisations to achieve Agility and build High Performing Teams. Tony has trained and coached for Australian and International enterprise companies as well as keynoting, presenting and training at conferences such as; Agile Australia, Scrum Australia, World BA conference , Lean Thinking and Practice Summit and LAST (Lean Agile Systems Thinking Conference) He is a Principal Consultant for Elabor8 and also co-chairs one of the worlds leading Agile Podcasts – The Agile Revolution as well as appearing in the publication ‘Who is Agile Australia and New Zealand. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Product Owner ,Professional and a Heart of Agile Guide Tony is a Heart of Agile consultant