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Self-assessments and Fostering an Agile Culture at DevOpsCon London 2022

April 25, 2022 - April 27, 2022


I’ll be doing a workshop and a session at DevOpsCon London 2022: Fostering an Agile Culture and Getting People Engaged into Agile with Self-Assessments.

DevOpsCon London is a hybrid conference with attendees on-site and remote joining sessions. I will give live demos of the games, exercises, and coaching tools, followed by a Q&A.

Workshop Fostering an Agile Culture

Many DevOps transformations do not live up to the agile promise of delivering better products, faster, at lower costs. The missing ingredients in transformations that fail often have to do with an insufficient agile mindset and difficulties in changing to a culture of DevOps thinking and acting. An agile delivery culture is a foundation for a DevOps journey, it is a key success factor that you need to work on.

In this workshop, we’ll explore how organizations can visualize their culture and self-assess their DevOps agility. We learn about how organizations can foster a mindset and culture change toward DevOps and how they are applying DevOps capabilities to deliver value frequently and fast.

Next, we’ll explore how team autonomy and morale can be increased by playing the Agile Impediment Board Game. Finally, we’ll see how agile retrospectives can be used to establish continuous improvement with effective communication and collaboration, to keep your DevOps journey going in the right direction.

Main takeaways

  • Learn how to visualize your existing Agile DevOps culture and see the need for culture change
  • Share DevOps strengths and challenges to explore what can be done to foster an agile delivery culture
  • Experience how gamification can be used to improve teams in dealing with impediments
  • Practice retrospective techniques to reflect and find ways to improve your DevOps delivery mindset and pipelines

Getting People Engaged into Agile with Self-Assessments

Imposing agile doesn’t work! Let’s explore how we can use engagement models and gamification to involve people in the change process and help them define and travel their own agile journey. We will play the Agile Self-Assessment Game to experience how to enable people to pull in ideas for change and apply those in a way that best suits their needs.

Many agile “transformations” are failing, where one of the main reasons is how they are imposing agile models and practices on people. Such an approach conflicts with the agile values and principles, it’s incongruent and hence ineffective.

Engagement models take a different approach, they involve people in the change process and help them to define and travel their own agile journey.

Playing the Agile Self-Assessment Game enables teams to reflect on their own team interworking and agree upon the next steps for their agile journey. With this card game, they can discover how agile they are and what they can do to increase their agility to deliver more value to their customers and stakeholders.

Join us to explore the Agile Self-Assessment Game and try out different playing scenarios.

Retrospecting your Retrospectives – Cancelled due to workshop on April 26

Are your retrospective meetings not helping teams to improve? Same actions coming up every time? Do people skip them, or find them boring? Is there a lack of energy in the room? There’s no need for that! Let’s retrospect your retrospectives!

This session provides you with ideas to debug your agile retrospectives to find out when and why they aren’t working and learn how to spice them up and make them valuable again.

In this mini-workshop, you will experience how to use retrospective exercises to debug your retrospective meetings. People will work in teams to reflect how their retrospectives are going and will learn what they can do to make them valuable again.

It’s a highly interactive session, learning by doing. I’ll bring in my experience from 19 years of doing agile retrospectives, and will set a culture where people will share their ideas and learn.

DevOpsCon London

Every year in April, DevOps Conference London is the go-to event for DevOps enthusiasts.

This year, too, we look forward to meeting you again!

Because we want to ensure that the lively exchange of knowledge and ideas so typical of DevOps London continues to work well, we were one of the first in the conference industry to develop our hybrid concept.

You can choose to “attend” the conference either on site or online from your home or office. In order to be accessible to all participants, all DevOps tracks will be streamed live. Using professional video technology, all lectures and workshops will be broadcast live. And that’s not all: You can also get in touch with our speakers and expo partners, even if you won’t be there!

Of course, the necessary hygiene and distance measures will be taken care of in the conference hotel. For this purpose, we carefully monitor the number of participants.

As you can see – thanks to the innovative program and the numerous networking opportunities, the upcoming DevOps London will provide the ideal framework for your continuing education. Whether on site in London or digitally – the choice is yours!



April 25, 2022
April 27, 2022
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