Creating an Agile Culture

Culture is the shared beliefs and behaviors of an organization.

There is organization-wide culture and culture specific to functional areas including business, architecture, PMO, developers, QA, infrastructure, and management. In addition, all of this is set against the backdrop of 40+ years of software development and IT industry culture.

Agile brings a new set of beliefs and behaviors
which may either reinforce the organization's existing culture, or create an opportunity to consider new possibilities.

Agile also brings with it new practices, techniques, and software tools that support a shift in culture and can help to ease any potential conflict.

This session will examine the kinds of cultural and behavioral changes that Agile can bring, the benefits of those changes, and how to move towards a more Agile supportive culture.

Specifically, we'll look at the role of culture in the following areas:

  • Raising impediments
  • Long standing cross-functional teams
  • Self-organization
  • Frequent business and development interaction
  • Breaking down silos
  • and managing, measuring, and compensating people