AgileNCR 2016 Addresses Need For New Approach To Industry Culture

by Wrik Sen    Dec 12, 2016

AgileNCR 2016 event

Xebia India organized the 8th edition of the Agile Software Development Conference, named AgileNCR 2016, which addressed the growing need for the new software development in India. The ‘Agile’ movement primarily came up as an alternative to traditional ‘waterfall’ methods or ‘sequential development’ software models, and move towards software architecture and process development across organizations, which would enable them to respond to unpredictable situations, with ‘agility’. This response system, the Agile system, allows teams to deal with development and changes through incremental, iterative work cadences which are also called sprints. In other words, Agile model is about process adaptability by a more rapid development of a functional software product. With regards to the event Anand Sahay, CEO of Xebia IT Architects India said, “AgileNCR 2016 is a very important event for us with respect to taking Agile as well as the Agile community to the next level. Agile is turning bigger than software development. That’s why we have touched upon topics which are beyond IT in this year’s conference. We have talked about how to bring Agility into your organization with regard to marketing, HR and other related aspects. There is another new area of digital transformation that we have particularly focused in this edition of AgileNCR 2016 i.e. ‘Product Ownership’ which is going to play a prominent role in the future for the companies who are trying to get the right value out of technology.”

AgileNCR 2016 bought together the industry in sizable numbers; 250 delegates from 75+ technology companies, which included international speakers on the subject, industry practitioners, seasoned professionals in Agile technology, and also gurus on the subject. It also included speakers like Anand Sahay, CEO, Xebia India, apart from Karan Nangru, the Chief Digital and Technology Officer of Xebia, Tathagat Verma, the Founder and CEO of Thought Leadership, and even Chris Lukassen of Xebia, Netherlands. During the 2-day affair, the Agile model was discussed under 3 parallel streams; Future of Agile Coaching, Agile beyond IT, AgileDevOpsified, and Agile in Big Data and Analytics. Interactive sessions on these topics provided the participants an excellent opportunity to discover tools designed to increase efficiency and in turn productivity while leveraging best practices to improve Agile adoption.

Agile- a change agent for industry culture

Anand Sahay

Being how fundamental Agile technology is, as made clear by the explanations before, it is clear that it will not just be restricted to a business’ IT function, but rather change the culture of the industry. As Anand Sahay explained, “Agility, primarily by all leaders in companies, is being seen as a software development initiative. As people are touching upon the software development aspects, they realize that the real value will not come, if you look at it as an IT initiative alone. It needs to change completely with respect to your organization; how you run your organization, right from how you hire people, how you run your HR, how you promote your people, how you promote your people, how you mark it into the sales of your product, everything has to be seen in a cohesive way to get the full benefit. The biggest shift will be, that it will be seen as an overarching in the organization.”

Sahay then co-related the changes, the Agile model will bring to India, which actually points out to how, company culture will change in the years to come, especially run to 2020 and beyond. He added, “The biggest shift we see in India, is the mindset. As Indians, not that we mean it negatively, but we believe in hierarchy; if the boss has said, it has to be done. Everyday communication and feedback, is seen as ‘the guy who is senior must know more.’ This has to shatter. Have a strong feeling, that by 2020, India will be embracing leaders, who are totally up for new ideas shattering the hierarchy of multiple levels. From the time, he comes into the organization, to the top, it has to be much flatter.That, will be the biggest change, or organizations will cease to exist.” Due to the fact that that hierarchy will play a lesser role in daily operations of businesses, the leadership style will change, the industry culture as a whole will turn a new leaf, apart from the very core aspect of software development, which runs as the lifeblood of organizations.