AgileByExample 2018

Kevin Goldsmith

Kevin Goldsmith has been a developer, software architect, technology manager, and senior technology executive for over 26 years. He is currently the Vice-President of Engineering at AstrumU, a startup whose purpose is to help students find meaningful careers in which they can excel. Formerly, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Avvo from 2016 through their acquisition in 2018, overseeing all Product Development, Data, Dev Ops and IT teams. For three years, he was the Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify in Stockholm, Sweden, leading the development of the product and streaming services for three years. Kevin spent nine years at Adobe Systems. He was a Director of Engineering there, where he led the Adobe Revel product group and the Adobe Image Foundation group. He spent eight years as a developer and development lead at Microsoft in the Windows and Research teams.

Keynote— What Does Good Agile Look Like

We attend Agile By Example because we believe in Agile and we want to develop our skills and improve how our teams work. We work Agile because we have had great experiences and success working this way.
Our experience is not common!
Most "Agile Transformations" fail. Many (if not most) Agile teams have poor Agile practices. People new to Agile struggle through these failed transformations or poor practices and get a wrong impression of Agile, because they have never seen it done well! Poor experience with Agile leads to the many myths and fallacies that developers repeat to each other or post on social media.
What can a dedicated Agilist do to inspire their teams to embrace Agile or work on improving their Agile processes?
Two years ago, I came to ABE to talk about the culture of continuous improvement that we were building at Avvo. It turns out that one of the biggest challenges we faced was explaining what our vision was, where we were going.
I will return for this years' ABE to talk about what a high-performing Agile company looks like, how to create and explain a vision for your teams and I will share the painful lessons we learned at Avvo as we worked on our evolution. I will also share the model I use to help with an Agile cultural transformation.

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