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Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of NY SPIN, New York’s Software and Systems Process Improvement Network.

Human Aspects of Speeding Up Agile Adoption

Presenter: David Hersey
Date: Mon., January 22, 2018

5:30 pm Networking

6 pm Announcements* & Featured Program 

7:30 pm Raffle, meet Speaker, more networking

Location: Wells Fargo Advisors

*This includes a brief financial presentation by Ronan Cox.

The human aspects of speeding up Agile adoption: What are the barriers that slow down adoption? How do we address them so we can achieve greater alignment and cooperation across teams and silos?

In the early days of Agile adoption (way back in 200x where x < 5) companies would hire me to make them faster and better by “changing their process.” I would agree to do so, but then proceed to change the way their employees think, act and feel about working in teams on software.  And of course I brought in card walls, backlogs, agile toolchains and lean metrics that showed dramatic improvements in throughput, quality and time to market, but *these were not the drivers of the revolution.*  90% of these benefits were due to the real changes I instigated, not the changes to process, tools or metrics. How do I know? I’ve had numerous opportunities to observe what happens when you change the form and not the culture of work; the result has been short-lived incremental improvement every time.

Since those early days, the only thing that has changed is the scale; we now have larger processes for larger organizational scopes, and even greater  emphasis on the form and tooling supporting work. It’s not the level of SaFE compliance or the speed of continuous delivery that separates incremental from revolutionary Agile success; these things are necessary but not sufficient to the mission.  In this talk I will focus on the levers that determine 90% of the impact, and where we can put our attention to move the mountain in front of us.


David Hersey has been leading Agile teams and coaching enterprises in the adoption of Lean and Agile practices since the late 1990s. He has a long history of repeatable results building scalable Agile teams that are able to sustain throughput rates between 2 and 3 times that of comparable traditional teams.

First introduced to Agile principles during the mid-1990s by Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, and other members of the Smalltalk developer community, David began consulting with clients nationwide using Agile methods to decrease project costs while increasing business performance at a project, department and enterprise level.

In 2002 he became CTO of Valtech Technologies. At Valtech, David developed and operated an innovative model for Agile outsourcing which enabled businesses to achieve the benefits of fixed-price outsourcing while retaining a high level of scope flexibility to the business. The result was a win-win: the business was able to create high-value solutions, which enabled them to grow revenues; Valtech was able to optimize its delivery model, increasing profits and passing on savings to the business. This contract model has since been adopted by other outsourcers and is becoming a standard model for Agile outsourcing within several large organizations.

In 2008, Mr. Hersey founded Integral Agile, Inc. with the mission of enabling businesses to focus their IT investment on activities that produce the highest business value. He currently focuses on coaching leaders at fortune 500 companies seeking to scale their agile teams to achieve the same visibility to capacity, business impact and delivery risk at the program and departmental level.

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Wells Fargo Advisors
150 E 42nd Street
(Between Lexington Ave and Third Ave - Near Grand Central Station)
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