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company news 1st April 2015

Agile 2.0 – The “Next Step” in our Agile Evolution

With the help of Bob Galen, VP’s Principal Agile Evangelist, we are rededicating ourselves to working in as Agile a manner as possible.

The agile partnerships between our clients and VP are the essence of the value proposition that drives our growth. Quite often we find ourselves leading our clients in mature agile practices – something that can be frustrating and rewarding all at the same time. We often put a lot of pressure on our clients to improve their practices, and subsequently, the dynamics of our high-performance teams.

But over the years, we’ve forgotten something. Agility and the agile mindset isn’t something we simply “do” for and with our clients. Continuous improvement is something we need to be doing internally, externally, individually, as groups, and, obviously, continuously. It needs to be part of our mindset and culture.

To this end, Principal Agile Evangelist Bob Galen spent a few days in April in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he led the Nearshore Operations Senior Management Team through coaching sessions that included lectures, discussions and practical exercises designed to provide the team with a solid, uniform grounding of Agile concepts and instruction on what good Agile leadership means.

“We re-visioned what Agile means to VP, which includes being visibly Agile in all our offices, adopting Agile methods individually and within non-client teams, and greatly increasing collaboration inside and between teams,” says Barnaby Sheridan, Senior Partner Nearshore Operations. “We committed ourselves to identifying change agents in each office to move us faster and further along the Agile path, implementing dedicated Scrum Masters where appropriate and leveraging our regional managers as Agile coaches who publicize good Agile practices. It was a great session, leaving us both energized and with the realization that there is lots of work ahead of us.”

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