The Human Side of Software with James Byars

Senior Technical Consultant at SolutionsIQ James Byars has noticed that many teams undergoing Agile transformation only focus on the new frameworks and processes. This makes it difficult to focus on the type and quality of the work being done. Byars, who is presenting on the human side of software at Southern Fried Agile 2017, believes that this tendency contributes to the business thinking of software developers as resources instead of people. When teams focus on outputs, such as how much code are written or how many tasks moved to “done,” they lose track of why they are doing these things. When teams understand the “why” it allows them to be more creative about problem solving and providing solutions. This helps teams deliver business value and in turn increases the trust between software teams and the business. James says we need to stop “hiring smart people [only to]… tell them what to do” and instead hire these smart people, set some guide rails and set them free.

Howard Sublett hosts at Southern Fried Agile 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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