Valerie Andrianova

Product Marketing Manager, JetBrains

Agile Business (L) 2018
Agile Business (L)
Friday 13:25 - 13:55

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Suitable for all

Native Agile Psychology of Teams and Individuals

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Have you ever wondered how teams and individuals form an agile mindset?
Are there specific practices to follow or processes to impose that nurture a truly agile team? Do agile values and principles come naturally to people who possess a certain mindset?
Does company culture affect the personal qualities and values of its employees?
I believe that it is possible to acquire an agile philosophy without following a standard set of rules. Based on our experience, I will try to prove that it’s not the practices and processes that make the team truly agile, but the mindset of people who work there. I will also describe the special qualities that our people, teams, and the company as a whole exemplify, and how these talents can be cultivated and nurtured.

From my session, you will take away:
– a set of practices that you can apply to your team;
– a set of personal soft skills that are needed to build a team with a native agile psychology,
– a recipe for encouraging agile practice at the individual, team, and company level.

Full Abstract:
Have you ever wondered how teams and individuals form an agile mindset?
Are there specific practices to follow or processes to impose that nurture a truly agile team? Do agile values and principles come naturally to people who possess a certain mindset?
Does company culture affect the personal qualities and values of its employees?

At first glance, the teams inside JetBrains resemble a set of startup companies with similar values and culture that work under the same roof. Some teams follow a standard agile process, while others mix and match different agile strategies to help them meet their own goals. We even have teams that choose not to adhere to an agile practice at all.

For a long time, we were sure that we were not the prisoners of any process and created our products in “creative anarchy”. But when I described how our teams work to a professional agile coach, he told me that JetBrains was extremely agile — for a company that didn’t have a clue about agile.

After further analysis, I speculate that our agile philosophy was not acquired by following a set of rules, but emerged natively from the individuals and teams. We managed to implement agile principles in a natural way, without imposing standard practices and fixed processes. Based on our experience, I will try to prove that it’s not the practices and processes that make the team truly agile, but the mindset of people who work there. I will also describe the special qualities that our people, teams, and the company as a whole exemplify, and how these talents can be cultivated and nurtured.

From my session, you will take away:
– a set of practices that you can apply to your team;
– a set of personal soft skills that are needed to build a team with a native agile psychology,
– a recipe for encouraging agile practice at the individual, team, and company level.

Biography

I’ve been involved in Product Marketing at JetBrains for more than seven years. At JetBrains, we build IDEs for professional developers (IntelliJ IDEA, ReSharper), create new programming languages (Kotlin) and deliver tools for teams (TeamCity, YouTrack).

I specialize in team tools, project management methodologies, and team collaboration. I’m a member of the YouTrack team (an issue tracker and agile project management tool), supporting an application that is used by everyone at JetBrains, from developers to accountants. Apart from product marketing, my role is to help various teams at JetBrains establish the most productive processes in order reach their goals and improve collaboration.

I strongly believe that soft skills are just as important as technical (hard) skills for long-term success at work.

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