by Ambika Patil
SolutionsIQ was recently present at the Agile Scrum International Summit in Bangalore. Witnessing the upcoming advances in the field of Agile and adding flavor to the event were our very own speakers.
The event, conducted by Bacancy Technology, boasted a huge turnout and saw in attendance enthusiasts from around the globe. Speakers from SolutionsIQ covered a wide range of topics at the event. Vibhu Srinivasan and Joe Justice spoke about the pros and cons of the role of team manager, and Joe explained how the WIKISPEED project, a self-organizing team, was able to develop a 100mpg car in three months and win international acclaim. Throughout the day, SolutionsIQ made an impact through various presentations, discussing topics like retrospectives and being a good ScrumMaster.
The highlight of the day was the morning session, in which Vibhu and Joe engaged the participants in activities where they had to come up with reasons why a manager is needed or not needed in a team. The participants came up with many suggestions for being a better manager, including:
- Avoiding micromanagement
- Avoiding many meetings
- Empowering the teams after empowering oneself
- Team rewards instead of individual rewards
To enliven the session, the audience was given a surprise questionnaire where they had to guess the contents of a ScrumMaster’s tool kit on a piece of paper and drop it in a bowl. During a tea break, a raffle was conducted and the two best answers were rewarded with a ScrumMaster’s tool kit from SolutionsIQ.
Naveen Nanjundappa’s session was “Scrum Horoscope”. He entered dramatically like a yogi; the audience was keen on getting their Scrum team horoscopes read and predicting the impending problems in their team.
Jayaprakash Puttaswamy’s session was “Raju bangaya ScrumMaster”, which detailed the journey of a ScrumMaster and the impediments he or she must overcome. JP engaged the audience in activities that taught them how not to be a "dead" ScrumMaster.
The conference was a huge success and was a perfect way to end a year filled with Agile learning throughout India.