Overcoming Resistance: Engaging Developers in Agile Adoption

Oct 4, 2016 · Raleigh, United States of America

Have you heard a developer on an agile team say something like this?
“Agile has too many meetings”
“I just need to get back to my real work”
“Why should I change, the old way works fine”
“It’s not my job to test”
If you’ve heard these, your developers (and possibly their managers) have some resistance to your agile practices.
This has probably led you to ask, “Why are developers disengaged? Why don’t they support this transformation? Why won’t they help us succeed? How can I reach them?” 
Combining his experience as an Agile Coach and Development Manager with wisdom from the fields of psychology, communication, negotiation and behavioral economics, David will provide techniques to better understand, communicate with and engage developers.
The session will cover:
Identifying common disengagement and resistance patterns
Insight into the “developer’s mind”
How to get past the surface of resistance and into the root of the problem
Techniques to get developers (and others) off the sidelines and engaged in the process

David Frink is an Agile Coach and Release Train Engineer at Ipreo in Raleigh.  Before joining Ipreo he was an Agile Coach and Development Manager with Teradata and Development Manager and Developer at SciQuest.  He uses his experience as a Developer and Development Manager to understand the unique challenges Developers face when undergoing an agile transformation.
If you’d like to read his (infrequent) writings, please check out www.dfrink.com.

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