Creating an Agile Culture

Damon Poole | 10:00 – 11:15


Culture is the shared beliefs and behaviors of an organization. There is organization-wide culture and culture specific to functional areas including business, architecture, PMO, developers, QA, infrastructure, and management. In addition, all of this is set against the backdrop of 40+ years of software development and IT industry culture. Agile brings a new set of beliefs and behaviors which may either reinforce the organization’s existing culture, or create an opportunity to consider new possibilities. Agile also brings with it new practices, techniques, and software tools that support a shift in culture and can help to ease any potential conflict.

This session will examine the kinds of cultural and behavioral changes that Agile can bring, the benefits of those changes, and how to move towards a more Agile supportive culture. Specifically, we’ll look at the role of culture in the following areas: raising impediments; long standing cross-functional teams; self-organization; frequent business and development interaction; breaking down silos; and managing, measuring, and compensating people.


Damon Poole’s 23 years of software experience spans from small co-located teams all the way up global development organizations with hundreds of teams. Damon is a past President and Vice President of Agile New England. He writes frequently on the topic of Agile development, is the author of the web book “Do It Yourself Agile,” and a pioneer in the area of Multistage Continuous Integration and mixing Scrum and Kanban.

Damon’s speaking engagements include: Agile and Beyond 2010-2012, Agile Business Conference, many AgilePaloozas, Agile 2008-2013, Agile DC 2012-2013, Agile Development Practices, numerous Agile community groups, and has trained thousands of people on Agile techniques.

He is also a co-founder and past CEO and CTO of AccuRev where he created multiple Award winning products including AccuRev and AccuWorkflow.