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The Power of Pairing Often we see such success with implementing frameworks like Scrum or Kanban that we stop looking for other innovations in our process. We continue to fall back into traditional management thinking that parallel work streams are the key to efficiency and thus productivity. After all, busy employees are producing employees. After time these efficiency gains naturally begin to build knowledge silos within team members which makes it difficult to scale up and down, robs us of innovation and creativity, limits our scope from emergent practices to conformative practices, and limits our ability to respond to change. This talk the will focus on a practice by Kent Beck, one of the founders of the Agile Manifesto and creator of Extreme Programming, for the software development space in the 1980s. We will dive into the benefits and myths of pairing as well as exploring the common resistance to making this type of change. Join us for a conversation on the implementation of pairing throughout your organization.
About the Speakers:
Jeff's goal is to make work "not suck" in his own words. As an agile coach, he transforms organizations through setting up an environment of continuous improvement and learning. Jeff uses authenticity and the kind truth to align organizations to be more responsive and adaptive to change. He nudges people and organizations to be the change they want to see in the world.
Jeff Maleski Bio:
Jeff Maleski is a generalized specialist with over 15 years of IT experience spanning mobile game development, enterprise software development, and service in the Army as a Signal officer. His deeper skillsets include programming, business analysis, quality assurance, product owning, Scrum mastering, people management, and Agile coaching. He looks to be a catalyst, where 1 plus 1 equals 3, and help drive alignment and purpose for new and experienced Agile teams.
5:30 - 6:00: Pizza and networking, sponsored by Baird
6:00 - 7:00: Speaker presentation
7:00: The 16th Minute drink at Stella on Van Buren, first round sponsored by NVISIA
*Please feel free to continue the discussion with us for a drink after the presentation at Stella on Van Buren, attached to the US Bank Building*