Agile in a Bag is back in London and the action packed agenda is focussed on practical workshops and talks, covering the fundamentals of agile methodologies, tools and best practices and how to apply this knowledge to make projects successful.
Sopra Steria's Mark Stringer has a broad experience of Agile and is currently Scrum Master at giffgaff. At 15.30 he will be presenting "Of Dogfights and Developers: John Boyd, Agile and the OODA Loop".
More about Mark's talk…
As the best military thinker of the post-war generation, John Boyd devised his own version of the Deming/Shewart Plan/Do/Check/Act cycle - the OODA Loop. In the OODA loop, a group, be it a product team or a military deployment, observe a problem; orient themselves towards potential solution; decide on a course of action; act and then repeat the cycle. Boyd claimed that any team that could cycle through the OODA loop more quickly than their opponents would be more successful than their enemies or opponents. Boyd also claimed that the quality of culture and education available to the team in the orient phase was the critically important influence on the quality of decisions that were made. He genuinely believed that in a conflict situation, the side with the "best" culture available to it in the orient phase would win. In this talk I investigate these two idea of "speed around the loop" and "quality of culture" and explore the powerful impact an understand of these ideas might have on the effectiveness of software development teams - even those that are already following a methodology such as Scrum.
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