Agile Coach and Trainer, Aguarra, Czech Republic
Jaroslav Prochazka has been 12 years in IT industry in various development, maintenance and management roles and positions. He has 8 years coaching and mentoring experience in distributed environment. He has worked with about 400 people and has trained more than 1200 people so far. He published a book on Agile and Lean support and maintenance in 2011. Recently, he changed to freelance mode to enjoy his passions like IT storytelling and drawing. Besides that he provides IT consultancy (e.g. problem solving and ideation workshops; Agile / Lean IT / ITIL games) as well as soft skill workshops to utilize his experience and interests in psychology and sociology.
Jaroslav earned his Ph.D. at University of Ostrava in 2007 and was also researching and teaching Software development and Information Systems for 10 years there. He speaks at international conferences like Agilia Budapest, IBM RSDC Conference 2009, Information Systems Development 2010, International Conference on Global Software Engineering 2011.
You start using Agile methods. You were in the training and want to implement Scrum. However, you have discovered problems and have doubts. Are we on the right track? And is agile for us? What is it we wants to achieve?
Jarek and Michal will discuss in their presentation some selected items, which have to be discussed and understood prior implementation of Agile into organization and why are they important. Further they will share for illustration good and bad stories they encountered during their practice. Both Michal and Jarek have different style, so interesting part will be also those nuances in approach and perception which gives better understanding why agile adoption can be different for each organization.
Moreover, ignoring those selected aspects often leads to mechanistic use of agile techniques, which does not deliver any achievement, which are source of frustration for people and which lead to consequent abandonment.