Anna Obukhova

Agile Coach

Agile Practices (K) 2020
Agile Practices (K)
Friday 14.00 - 14.45

Session type: Workshop (without computers)

Neuroscience of Agile Mindset – how to turn the brain to BE Agile

What is an Agile Mindset? Is that a resistance to failure? Internal motivation? Inborn growth mindset? Striving for a result? Can we put this in the team’s brain? Can we help people to BE Agile?

We are going to go quite deep in the neuroscience of motivation, intention, result, failure, and learning, and build the brain process that creates an Agile Mindset (using behavior activation process). It is based on 4 main neurotransmitters and hormones and how they work in the brain and can be summarised in a framework. Some of these processes are already inbuilt in Scrum (and we will identify these), but some might be enhanced by 2 additional tools that I would like to share too.


Anna is an Agile Coach working with Agile methodologies since 2004 as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Project/Programme Manager and recently as Agile Portfolio Delivery Manager for a large investment bank in London. Anna is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and effectiveness of team communication in such conditions. Her passion is to collect and share best industry and company practices in Agile management. She helps Agile teams and programmes to improve their processes and implement the transition from Waterfall to Agile in corporate environments (her clients are major banks and very large companies from other industries).

Additionally, Anna Obukhova is using neuroscience and biology to explain Agile productivity and enhance Agile coaching techniques. This perspective of Neuroscience and Agile was agreed to be novel and worth sharing by many conferences, to name a few: ALE Bucharest, Agile Days Moscow, Global Scrum Gathering Paris, Agile Cambridge, Agile Tour London, Agile on the Beach 2017, 2018 (UK), Agile 2017 (Orlando, USA) Agile 2018 (San Diego), Agile Business Conference 2017, 2018 (Moscow), Global Scrum Gathering Dublin, Manage Agile (Berlin), Scrum Gathering Rio.

She uses her educations in Biology, Psychology and Coaching to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain). She believes it can explain a lot and she`s very excited how naturally Agile works.


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