June 1st, 2017

AgileIndy 2017 Recap

The following blog post was written by Diana Williams, Manager of Agile Delivery, Big Data Insights Division. AgileIndy was held for the 5th time in Indianapolis, Indiana with over 600 thought leaders and practitioners from around the country in attendance. Allegient, A DMI Company, was a platinum sponsor of the event. Diana Williams was a featured speaker at the event covering the topic “Know Your Audience”.

It has been a busy month for me. I traveled to NYC for Agile Coach Camp US, Open Space Agility training, Big Apple Scrum day and now, AgileIndy 2017. I have enjoyed every single moment. If you have not attended Agile Coach Camp, I highly recommend it. It is an amazing group of people willing to share and grow those around them.

AgileIndy 2017 proved to be one of their best conferences to date. From the opening keynote to the closing sessions, the day was packed with thought-provoking material. For those who attended, my hope is that you left the conference with a new learning, something that spoke to you directly. Something you can take back to your teams or organization to help them grow in their agile practice.

Agile is simple yet complex. Agile is about people. Agile is about culture. Agile is about change.  This year’s conference focused on these topics; people, culture and change. In order for an agile transformation to be successful, an organization must recognize and embrace these ideas.

Many sessions focused more on the human side of agile. To be a successful scrum master or agile coach, understanding and knowing how to work with varying personalities is essential. Teams are made up of Understanding DiSC helps you to tailor your tone, your body language, your conversation style to the individual you are working with. This is especially important when presenting ideas. You must adjust your presentation style to match your audience.  If you have not completed a DiSC profile, I highly recommend it. It has helped me tremendously in working with teams as well as understanding my own personality type.

I had the pleasure of attending several sessions throughout the day. Each session provided me with some information that I can take back and use in my ongoing agile journey, as well as share with my current clients and teams. I love sitting through a session and thinking “That is so simple and perfect, why didn’t I think of that?”.

I was honored to be one of the speakers at this year’s event. My session covered personas and the importance of understanding and defining your end user. Many times when developing an application we confuse the customer with the end user. The customer buys the application; the end user uses the application. We must design for the end user if we want our application to be a success.

If you would like to learn more, my slides can be found here.

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