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Saturday, May 25 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
A-teams’19, 2nd Int Workshop on Autonomous Agile Teams (Part I) (Viktoria Stray, Nils Brede Moe)

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  • 13:30 - Welcome - program and motivation - Nils Brede Moe and Viktoria Stray (organisers, no abstract)
  • Keynote : What makes your team self-organizing? Rashina Hoda
  • Spotify Tailoring for Promoting Effectiveness in Cross-Functional Autonomous Squads Julian Bass
  • The Influence of Culture and Structure on Autonomous Teams in Established Companies Simone Spiegler
  • Voices From the Teams - Impacts on Autonomy in Large-Scale Agile Software Development Settings Tomas Gustavsson
To succeed in complex environments like large-scale and heterogeneous teams handling innovation development and support, organizations have to find ways to support and regulate teams' autonomy according to the environmental demands and limitations. However, autonomous teams cannot be created simply by tearing down organizational hierarchies, or by instituting one-person-one-vote decision-making processes. Challenges implementing autonomous teams are communication problems, social loafing and group thinking. Further, the agile team is becoming more diverse with the introduction of DevOps and BizDevOps. While heterogenous agile teams create solutions with the highest value, the lowest value is also produced by such teams. Additionally, in large-scale there is a conflict between the need for alignment and team autonomy. Furthermore, they have to take into consideration the degree of change and uncertainty, and that there is no one-size-fits-all autonomy approach. The process of forming and implementing agile teams with high autonomy, as well as the effective functioning of such teams, are not yet adequately addressed and understood in the context of software development organizations.

Thus, there is a need for new knowledge on how organizations shall organize for the right level of team autonomy, and utilize autonomous agile teams, in order to attain better performance, productivity, innovation and value creation, and thus increase competitiveness. We seek to facilitate knowledge sharing about the current practice of autonomous software teams in agile development and also deepen the knowledge of principles of how these teams can succeed. We seek contributions in the form of position papers with experience reports, empirical studies, reviews of relevant literature, and papers arguing for research needs or describing planned research.

The goal of the workshop is to facilitate knowledge sharing about the current practice of autonomous agile teams and deepen the knowledge about practices and strategies that enable autonomous teams. There will be an invited keynote, short talks (lightning talks) followed by a highly interactive session using workshop techniques.

We invite researchers and practitioners to this second international workshop to discuss how to succeed with teamwork in agile projects. One emerging question is “How can organizations give cross-functional agile teams the authority to set directions for new products so that organizations can deliver software more rapidly"?

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Tomas Gustavsson

PhD Student, Karlstads universitet
Started out as an IT consultant in 1996 and have since worked as project manager, lecturer, author, publisher and CEO but decided to wholeheartedly work within academia and began as PhD student in the fall semester of 2016. I focus on large-scale agile development, specificially within... Read More →
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Simone V. Spiegler

PhD Student, University of Stuttgart & Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Gmbh
Agile Coach and researcher on the lateral leadership role of a Scrum Master in established companies. My background in Social Psychology, Organizational Studies and Software Technology help me to integrate divers perspectives on the Scrum Master role.So far, I have worked for 3 different... Read More →
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Rashina Hoda

Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
I study human aspects of software engineering, agile software development and project management, and serious games design for the 21st century classrooms. More info at www.rashina.com
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Viktoria Stray

Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
Associate Professor in Software Engineering (University of Oslo), Research Scientist (SINTEF Digital). MSc in Computer Science (Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of California, Santa Barbara), PhD (University of Oslo and University of New South Wales... Read More →
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Nils Brede Moe

Research Manager, SINTEF
I work with software process improvement, agile software develop- ment and global software development as a senior scientist at SINTEF Digital. My research interests are related to organizational, socio-technical, and global/distributed aspects. I wrote my thesis for the degree of... Read More →
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Julian Bass

Senior Lecturer, University of Salford
I have developed an inventory of activities and behaviours for product owners in large-scale agile development programmes. Check out the articles on large-scale agile in the Mar./Apr. 2019 issue of IEEE Software.

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
E-2024 (2nd Floor)