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Rob Lambert

Releasing Agility – A journey to frequent releases

You cannot achieve agility by simply adopting “agile” tactics and practices. Agility is more than that – it’s a culture. And a culture is nothing more than group habits – it’s what people do every day. Therefore, growing an agile culture means nurturing strong foundations, effective habits, consistent management and above all else – clarity and kindness.

None of this happens overnight. Agility is therefore released in increments as new learning, understanding and feedback guides your next choices.

In this talk, I will explain how NewVoiceMedia built that culture and nurtured it as the company scaled, grew and evolved to where it is now.

I will talk about how agility must come from the people in the team; agility must be released in increments when new learning has happened; how agility cannot be bought, or demanded, or dictated; how internal motivation is the only motivation that matters and how agility is nothing more than the sum of everyone working towards the same, clear and consistent goal with the right feedback and learning in place.

At the end of this talk, you will have a two-step framework for releasing agility in your organisation, as well as the steps required to build a strong culture in any team.

Rob’s BIO

Rob Lambert joined NewVoiceMedia in 2009 as a software tester. He quickly took on Test Management responsibilities before rapidly moving into an Engineering Manager role (there really is no need for Test Managers in a true agile team!).

As Engineering Manager, Rob helped to sow the seeds of the agile culture NewVoiceMedia now enjoys. Rob then moved sideways to HR to lead the Engagement and Enablement function within NewVoiceMedia.

Rob is the author of Remaining Relevant & Employable, The Employable Parent Brain, The Problems With Testing, The Tester Types, Zero To Keynote and many other books about work, tech and personal development.

Rob now runs a blog called Cultivated Management where he’s helping tech managers remain relevant, employable, healthy and effective.

Rob has three kids, an unhealthy obsession with old cars and is a keen photographer. You can find him on Twitter @rob_lambert.