Julien Lavigne du Cadet | Devoxx

Devoxx Poland 2019
from Monday 24 June to Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Julien has 15+ years of experience in software development. He is leading a team of ~20 people in a fast-paced environment, building a data platform handling billions of events per day. Experienced agilist, he led several teams through an agile transition over the years and has always been focusing on values and principles over frameworks. He has seen first hand the impact of these transitions over a multi-year period.

His current team learned flexibility the hard way by being constantly faced with tough decisions on priorities due to the very high number of stakeholders they are working with. They have embraced this challenge and have developed a real taste for experimentation, coming up with new ways to organise their system of work.

See also https://medium.com/@julien.lavigne

Continuous reteaming


Do engineering teams have to be static? Could you form them, disband them or adjust their composition on a regular cadence to adapt to business needs? Could you go as far as letting your engineers decide themselves what to work on while keeping everyone aligned?

Would it be a recipe for disaster? Or would it give you the flexibility to work on what has the highest business impact while increasing engagement and developing your future leaders?

In this talk, I'll describe how my team adopted self-selection and self-organisation and how we scaled those practices to 60 people. I'll share with you our recipe to:

  • Successfully plan quarters when managers can't assign engineers to projects anymore,
  • Engage with stakeholders,
  • Set constraints to encourage positive behaviour,
  • Create alignment and track progress through OKRs.

You will leave with a renewed understanding of what Agile means at its core!

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