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Full name

Marie-Christine PESSIOT

Job Agile consultant
email mcpessiot [at] gmail [dot] com
Skypeid carpediemb4
Phone number 0616443269
City (Country) Le Pontet
Time 45'
Type of Conference Conference > 100 attendees
Level Everybody

The 4 values of Agile Manifesto


Since that and for over 7 years, I have been actively supporting Agile approaches. I mainly act as an Agile Consultant, trainer and facilitator for leaders and organizations who wish to integrate this type of posture and approach. Far more interesting is that every of my assertions shall be supported by concrete examples taken from my daily life so that should be acceptable for all participants and each one shall be able to reach an informed opinion. In the beginning of 2015 I created the "Club Agile Provence" in the south east of France as a platform for contacts between leaders and managers who can reflect together during workshops about their Agile approaches and practices : https://www.facebook.com/clubagileprovence/ I am also a member of the Rotary Club of Avignon-Chateauneuf du Pape and work for Rotary professionnal actions. I am a 56 years old woman who begin my professionnal life in Paris as controller for great US and GB groups (Rockwell US, Colas GB). Then I installed a management control system in a french group with 17 companies who had no structure to evaluate activity. In 1999 I got through an Lbo with a little B to B regional company (25 employees) in the south of France. Then I developped the business and gave it to a more important group in 2008. That taught me the importance of a well managed team working in an Agile way for the benefit of all. It was my first practical and hands-on experience of Agility.


Back to the sources of Agile Manifesto and its 4 values : Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of the Scrum process which is a methodology he developped with Ken Schwaber in 1993 and then he formalized the Agile Manifesto in 2001 with some leading experts of software development and Agile organizations. What are the 4 values the Agile Manifesto talk about? As they are typically described by experts in software development and although they encourage rapid and flexible response to change which is applicable in all spheres, I shall propose to create a special reading for leaders and managers considering their organizations. In his book "Agile software development", Alistair Cockburn talked about the 3 stages of martial arts prowess : Shu - Ha - Ri. It seems that most of the people today are just on "Shu" with Agility. Isn't it time now to shift on stage "Ha" and adapt established values of this Manifesto in terms of strategical management in the organizations, in the meta position? As Agility did not begin in 2001, I shall propose to consider each of the 4 values and project them with a meta reflexion to translate them in our enterprises today. As we have to strive for continuous improvement, let us go on with this 4 values and transcend them! In this session, we shall visit all the history of Agile from Kanban (Toyota 1953) to Agile Manifesto. Then we shall be able to make another projection from 2001 to now, widen the view to all process in the enterprises. Every things has its limits in the world today and we always must adapt our concepts and values, even if we go on the same way and with the same spirit.


Since I practice Agile approaches with leaders and managers I have had many time to experiment and adapt the different Agile process. Potentiel pitfalls and problems enterprises can experience are also most educational. The Meeting has to be ready to evolve and look at Agile Manifesto with a meta position. I was once a leader myself and so I can understand their expectations and share the concern with them. A video projector and two paperboards shall be necessary to illustrate my comments.

Benefits for the attendees

This session is intended to help leaders and managers to clearly integrate the values inherent in Agility striving for continuous improvement. Leaders shall understand that the strictly 4 values described in Agile Manifesto have to be considered just to stay on course and not strictly in the text. It is time to widen the debate, using the 4 values listed as a basis. So they shall adopt Agile approaches rooted in the main values of Agile, changing their posture, developping cross-functional process and applying more collaborative mode of operation and their organizations shall become more productive and bring well-being to their staff, based on win-win relations.


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