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Raleigh-Durham, NC /

Antifragile Teams

CA Technologies 1101 Haynes Street , Raleigh, (map)

== Overview ==

Software development is an activity that's fraught with complexity, ambiguity, and therefore risk. Many organizations attempt to mitigate that risk through stringent control and processes, but there is a better way.

In nature, there are three types of systems.

1. Fragile systems that break under stress, like a teacup.

2. Resilient systems that resist stress, like a rock.

3. Antifragile systems that become stronger when they are stressed, like your muscles when you exercise.

Most organizations attempt to build resilience, but do so in a way that nearly guarantees fragility. Designing for "antifragility" is a much better goal.

In this talk, you will learn about the concepts of antifragility and how they apply to software development teams:

* Why mass standardization and strict process control does not result in robustness.

* Long-lived teams may be a major cause of fragility.

* The proper role of an agile coach, from an antifragile perspective.

* Different teams in the same organization should look, act, and operate differently.

* The best way to stay stable and predictable is to embrace volatility and chaos.

* The unintended side-effects of intervening to fix the mistakes of a team.

* How to strengthen your team.

== About the Speaker ==

Charlie Sweet coaches agile teams and manages IT professionals at Baird. He was a software developer for 10 years before that, and has degrees in fine arts and business. He has been endorsed on LinkedIn for nunchucks and humility, neither of which are skills he possesses.

== About the Location ==

The meeting is in the AgileU space and has its own entrance, far away from the CA front entrance.

The best GPS address is 1111 Haynes Street (we are NOT located at 1111 Haynes but that will get you to the correct lot).

* Turn into this parking lot at the corner of Cedar Street and Haynes Street.

* There are two entrances into the parking lot. There is a white sign with green lettering that reads “Visitor Parking for Pilot Mill” at each of these entrances.

Directly across the street from the Side Parking Lot is the back of the Pilot Mill building where CA Rally AgileU is located.

As a reference point, you will walk by a separate beige building on your right with a sign at the top that reads “Pilot Mill, 1111 Haynes Street” as you walk down the ramp towards the Agile U classroom entrance.

Signs and arrows will guide you to the appropriate door.


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