Top 10 Takeaways from Agile Gurgaon 2016

The rapid, fast-paced, competitive environment in the country requires constant innovation in technology, ways of working and competition. Organizations are striving toward finding ideal ways to face challenges, as well as to continue on their mission to improve, and be more productive in their capacity for continuous, organized functioning. Learning organisations are the norm of the industry.

Agile Network India’s mission is to develop a global platform locally and foster the networking of Agile practitioners, by providing an exhibition for globally renowned thought leaders to deliver their ideas and expertise, to industry professionals from across the country. The aim is to enhance, add value, improve performance and help grow their businesses and organizations.

AGILE GURUGRAM (formerly known as “AGILE GURGAON”) is Agile Network India’s flagship conference, and was launched in 2016.  

 2016 version featured five keynotes respectively by Jurgen Appelo, Mike Burrows, Sudipta Lahiri and Priyank Pathak.

The Sessions for the conference, were themed on: “System Thinking” ; “Design”, “Enterprise Agility”, “Lean Startups”, “Technical stake at Scaling Agile” and “Cultural Transformation”.

Expert Panel answering queries and sharing their experience

Below is the list of the Top 10 most significant takeaways from AGILE GURUGRAM 2016:

1.Manage the system, not the people:  People need to understand and realize their own purpose. They should socialize with a smile and engage in fun activities, achieve collaboration and aim for a goal. It is important to set up a system for people to experience new things and let them run their own experiments. Happy workers do more and achieve more.

2.Continuous Improvement has no end:Continuous improvements should be made a daily routine for everyone! Things are changing, changing rapidly where not only people but organizations also need to continuously improve to adapt the Change. Continuous improvement has been the essential ingredient of success at Toyota process system. Toyota’s success guides us to improve deliver capability on a sustained basis.

3.Driving Organizational Maturity via Evolutionary Change:  Practice based implementation, value based implementation, start with a need and purpose attaching improvement opportunities. Purpose is multidimensional inside same company based on their roles and responsibilities i.e. Business purpose, Customer purpose, people purpose but all needs to be aligned to Common purpose I.e the Organizational Goal.

4.Build an effective team guided by a purpose: Emphasis on the difference between teams and groups. Learning what teamwork is, being a team member and building a team with fun activities. Understanding the characteristics of effective team, two way communication, shared leadership, effective decision making, encouraging support and trust, along with sharing common identity, constructive conflict resolution, cooperation and collaboration forming the building blocks.

5.Learning visual management in a fun way: FeatureBan, a fun simulation game helped to understand and learn visual management in a simple way. Incrementally learning how and why to implement WIP limits, metrics.

6.A reflective approach towards designing large scale software: Recognizing the role of Emergent architecture, and understanding the problem with respect to it in design debt in Large Scale software systems. Learning on how to change Vector Tracking as a technique, to model a change and make informed decisions regarding Architecture Refactoring.

7.Case study, Continuous Agile testing:  Highlighting the Testing Manifesto, transition to automation – challenges, defining right metric, Measure-Review-Improve, building the best system, team responsibility for quality, build quality meter. Defect prevention is the key. 

8.Enterprise Agile transformation: Coaching, enabling to improve and deliver customer value. It’s a journey to create products that customer love. Helping individuals in self transformation. Using logical brain, to motivate and use the elephant strength and move in a direction that makes sense to our business is a successful change pattern.

9.Servant Leader, leadership into the future: Value-based delivery, value-based change, value-based leadership. Servant first, then leader. A model for sustaining organisations and their leadership into the future, help others to be successful, find autonomy & meaning. Help develop servant leadership in others.

10.Rules for Creative Workers: Execution forces to discover the details, running experiments, inventing accidently. Learning happens during experimentation not much in making mistakes or following the best practice. 7 Rules are to Find many ideas, Generate many ideas, Make connections, Seek Diversion, Execute your Ideas, Appreciate mistakes, Learn from the failure. Embrace networks and gameplay, keeping many options open.

Companies from various domains including Finance, Banking, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Governance, Education, Aviation, IT Services, Startup and others participated in the 2016 event and a large number (150+) of people from various profiles like CIO, CEO, CXO, Sr. Vice President, Director, Management Consultant, Certified Scrum Trainer, Accredited Kanban Trainer, Certified SAFe Trainers, PM, DevOps & ALM Consultant, IT Delivery Manager, and Software Craftsman from almost all disciplines participated in last edition of conference.


Join us, to experience a world of innovative ideas at the official second iteration of the conference : AGILE GURUGRAM 2017.  Brought to life once again, by the Agile Network India community.