So often we treat the ‘Agile’ methodology as an ‘outside-in’ phenomenon, an external change that needs to be imposed on us by the ‘powers that be’. We ‘objectify’ it and perceive it as something that lives outside of us as individuals. We never see it as part of who we are, but as something owned and driven from the top to the bottom. While the latter statement might hold to some extent, because executive buy-in, direction and behavior is instrumental in dictating the culture of any organisation, individual behavior within an organization is the lifeblood that sustains its culture. Individuals have the power to sabotage Agile transformation through passive resistance. However, they also have the power to make this change meaningful and real. The truth is that the success of Agile transformation rests on the ‘inside-out’ approach. And this is where our characteristics towards agility need to be examined closely.
- Using the analogy of the wings of an aeroplane, this talk aims to create a lasting impression on the minds of the attendees about the power that lies in us as individuals to make the Agile transformation work.
- It also aims to trigger the need for attendees to self-introspect on how their individual characteristics impede or enrich a climate for agility in their environments.
- Lastly, it hopes to impress on the minds of the attendees the realization that, while we talk of the teams in Agile, these teams are as strong as their weakest links (which may as well be some of the individuals who make up the team).
About the Speaker
Edward Ngubane, the current Head of Business Analysis at DVT, started his career as a mathematics teacher at Senaoane Sec School in Soweto. He has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, and worked for the following companies: Telkom SA, Investec, BMW Financial Services, Wesbank and FNB (Online Banking and eWallet Solutions). He has held many positions, namely: – Systems Developer, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Product Development Manager, Business Analyst Manager, Head of PMO, Practice Lead (Business Analysis and Architecture), Practice Manager.
He has setup and ran BA CoP’s (Community of Practice), developed and mentored several business analysts and published papers on the business analysis discipline. Over the years he has received numerous awards and is passionate about the business analysis domain. He holds five degrees, two of which are at the Masters level – the M.Ed (Maths Education) and the MBA (Cum Laude) – both from the University of the Witwatersrand. The title of his dissertation for his M.Ed was ‘What are links between a teacher’s views of mathematics and his/her classroom practices’. And the title for his MBA dissertation was ‘Managing IT Knowledge workers within South African Financial Industry’.
He is currently doing his 2nd year in PhD (part-time) at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a recipient of a Post Graduate Merit Award. His thesis is on the ‘Cloud Computing adoption and SMME development in South Africa’. He is the former Secretary and Treasurer of the IIBA-SA and is currently the President of the same organisation.