GrowIT: Teams, what’s in it for me?

I gave the talk “Teams, what’s in it for me? How to (not) manage teams” at the GrowIT 2018 conference on December 2, 2018.

Managing Agile Teams

Agile talks a lot about self-organized teams, where developers and testers work together to deliver software. But what can you do to make teams succeed? In my talk, I explored why people would like to work in teams, what managers can do to enable a team structure and culture, and how to (not) manage teams:

Ben Linders will explore why you want to work in a team, the benefits that teams bring, and how to (not) manage teams.

  • What is an agile team (and what not)
  • Why would you as a developer want to work in a team, what’s in it for me
  • Which benefits do teams have for organizations, stakeholders, customers, etc
  • How to manage teams, the do’s and don’ts
  • How developers, managers, and business people, can effectively communicate and collaborate

My talk was very well received, I actually got applause from the audience during my talk when I made the statement Don’t Call People Resources:

GrowIT conference

I was invited by the GrowIT organizers to give my talk at their first GrowIT Full Stack conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, on December 1 and 2.

Welcome to first GrowIT conference, the beginning of a new tradition. The idea is to gather IT experts, beginners, enthusiasts, devotees, business owners, students and everyone interested in technology. The purpose of this event is to contribute to our IT community. The main goal is to help out attendees introduce themselves to each other and make valuable connections. And our lecturers will be covering various significant and interesting tech and programming oriented topics.

The aim of my talk was to connect developers and managers and give them something that they can use together to enable effective teamworking.

The presentation from this session is also available on my presentations page and on SlideShare.

Here’s the video:

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