Culture a “Silent Language” – Learn to Make Scrum Successful – Judith Mills & Priyanka Sharma

SCRUM is elegantly simple, yet deceptively complex. Introducing SCRUM without a proper understanding of intercultural differences lead to numerous areas of difficulty, frustration and reduced productivity.
In this hour we will discuss that the success of a distributed software development team is influenced by cultural intelligence, a recent concept that relates to a person’s capacity to recognize, understand, and utilize culture.
The importance of differences in national and organizational cultures in offshore IT development initiatives is often underestimated. Many companies have ventured into other countries without recognizing the criticality of these differences for creating unified and effective cross-cultural teams of its IT professionals.
Deep dive into India/US and China/US business models in detail with real life scenarios wherein SCRUM adoption was a challenge, and how we made it successful. This survival guide will provide you insights of different culture which are often not discussed when signing the business agreements. What is effective in one culture may be ineffective, or even inappropriate, in other cultures.
Let’s face it: Multicultural diversity at home is now the rule, rather than the exception.

Judith Mills has 25 years of experience in software development. She has an engineering background with experience in multiple industries and multiple organizational positions at the VP level including development, customer support, technical services and organizational operations. She has worked with distributed teams in more than 9 countries, and is currently an independent Agile coach.

Priyanka Sharma has14 years of experience in QA. She has engineering background with experience in multiple industries. Priyanka is currently working as Senior Manager, Quality & Processes and is also acting as a SCRUM trainer in a distributed environment.

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