Thank you Durban! What a great Instruct event well supported by the local community this week. Software Architect and speaker, Chris Tite, delivered a challenging expose of his journey into applying agile techniques to mentoring employees at Kaleidocode's training centre on November, 20th 2019.
As Chris explains it, we manage the outcome of our software projects using Agile principles and techniques like time boxed cycles, shorter feedback cycles and small defined outcomes… so why don’t we apply these techniques to staff growth?
Staff grow at different rates, they have unique needs and differing circumstances, so why do we impose a one-size-fits-all approach to staff development? Furthermore, why do we subject our teams to a sterile and delayed feedback KPO / KPI approach in the tech industry, an industry that is growing and experiencing rapid change?
These are all questions that puzzled him.
Five years ago Chris started mentoring team members using an agile approach which was refined over time and with each iteration, it is now an accepted and valued practice on all my teams. This is his story.
During his talk he unpacked:
He shared his thoughts on a fresh approach to mentoring team members which ultimately results in;
The catering was top notch and the attendees had a fantastic time.