How Thinking Small is Changing Software Development

The world is changing fast and so is software development. More precisely, the world is changing at increasing speed. This means things that were not possible five years ago come into reach. Incumbent organizations need to adapt fast to keep up with new competitors that use new technologies easier, faster and better than they do. As a result, every aspect of software changes towards smaller. Even smaller software development teams or even micro-teams, less management, flatter organizations, even shorter cycles and smaller components.

This talk discusses the Cynefin model, shows why software development goes so terribly wrong, how to move beyond Scrum and enterprise agile, why self-organization is not as easy as it looks like, why continuous delivery leads to not doing projects or estimates anymore and why microservices are hard but essential as underlying foundation. You will learn that many organizations have trouble surviving disruptive markets. This requires them to move beyond traditional agile principles and values. This presentation investigates new issues in modern organizations, such as distributed teams, difficult commutes, the increasing complexity of our industry, and how to organize beyond agile in collectives and microteams.

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