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Beyond Velocity: Agile Teams, Self-Actualization, and the Next Stage of Technology Disruption

According to latest research by QSM Associates, data from modern methods such as Agile are bringing a quality focus that truly is transformative. In recent studies, some teams have been able to drive quality to new heights, while simultaneously accelerating development schedules by as much as 30% to 50%. But what if productivity, quality, and velocity alone aren't enough?

What's next for software teams to up their game? What's beyond for cutting-edge thinkers? Can we change the world? Software teams can learn from others not directly engaged in software. What are the dynamics of the best companies driving market share that we can apply to software? What can software teams learn about high-performance from direct action conservation movements? In his talk, Michael Mah will share his experience and insightful lessons learned about teams from being a member of a high-profile Sea Shepherd Conservation Society team on a multi-year international campaign. Sea Shepherd is the star of the Animal Planet TV Series, "Whale Wars", which tells the story of a volunteer fleet chasing illegal pirate whale hunting ships in the Antarctic Southern Ocean.

Michael will demonstrate how we can apply the dedication of Sea Shepherd and the work of renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow and his "Hierarchy of Needs" to build self-actualizing teams that are making a difference within their teams, companies, and even the world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding how productivity, quality and velocity are not enough to be competitive and transformative in today's digital world
  • Looking outside of the software industry to gain insights to the dimensions of high-performance teams
  • Learning how self-actualizing teams can achieve transformative change

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About the Speaker

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Michael Mah

Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to technology companies on estimating and managing software projects, whether in-house, offshore, waterfall, or agile. He is the managing partner at QSM Associates Inc. and director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium, a US-based IT think-tank. With over 25 years of experience, Michael and his partners at QSM have derived productivity and quality patterns for thousands of projects collected worldwide. His work examines time-pressure dynamics of teams, and its role in project success and failure. His degree from Tufts University is in physics and electrical engineering, and he is a mediator specializing in conflict resolution for technology projects, having completed his certification from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Michael is also a private pilot and lives in the mountains of Western Massachusetts. His non-profit work is with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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