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Browse below to get a glimpse of what I do that defines who I am. On this page you'll find details about my current & past affiliations, details of my speaking engagements, my accomplishments, presentations, and a few publications.

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Affiliations

ThoughtWorks

General Manager

September 2017 - Present

Arrk Group

Senior Business Analyst

April 2011 - March 2014

Business Agility Institute

BAM Leader

April 2018 - Present

Deloitte Consulting

Business Technology Analyst

December 2008 - April 2011

ICAgile

Authorized Instructor

May 2017 - June 2019

Springer Nature

Project Manager

March 2014 - September 2017

Caizin Commune Podcast EP8 - Agile - Why are the grapes turning sour?
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caizin commune

Caizin Commune Podcast EP8 - Agile - Why are the grapes turning sour?

Ameya and Vishal Prasad @VishalPrasadIN talk about the #Agile #bashing that has evidently increased all around social media and in the tech + non-tech industries. Agile #manifesto is now 20 years old and this conversation captures Vishal's opinions, who has coached over 80 professionals and certified them to be good Agile practitioners. While there still are new people opening up to Agile, what does one do when such conflicting opinions are thrown strongly on various threads? Listen to this podcast and let us know how has your experience with Agile has been and if you really think Agile is dead. Key takeaways: 01:15 - Vishal advises people to stop coaching Agility 04:30 - Generic training becomes irrelevant without contextual implementation & practice 09:00 - Accept the fact that every team may do Agile differently, without breaking principles 12:30 - Acknowledge the need for change and manage its execution 14:30 - Process is the means to the outcome, not the outcome itself 16:00 - Stories & use cases 19:00 - Recognize your antipatterns 21:30 - Dealing with 3 common metrics - effort, cost, time 24:00 - Predictability, visibility may be overrated, but still necessary in most cases 29:00 - Run Agile by first principles if you deviate from recommendations 31:00 - #DEI improves business agility 35:00 - Agile community - what can we do better? 38:00 - Think of certifications as covenants, a pledge to do the right thing 41:00 - Is deploying a CSM an antipattern in itself? 46:00 - Non negotiable facets for an agile team - Purpose, TDD, 49:00 - Be a good citizen, do what is right - quality cannot be compromised 50:00 - Content creators must share their story, what has worked, what did they do to become successful - go beyond sharing the struggles and pitfalls 51:00 - Vishal's SLICE acronym (Select, Learn, Implement, Collaterals, Expand) 53:00 - Innovation comes from change, even if it is 'working' 56:00 - Some admiration for Bajaj and Tata automotive excellence 58:00 - The road ahead - especially if you are new to Agile 59:00 - Be Agile, try it out for yourself 1:00:00 - A good retrospective starts with introspection
Why I Stopped Coaching Agility and So Should You! by Vishal Prasad #AgileIndia2020
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ConfEngine

Why I Stopped Coaching Agility and So Should You! by Vishal Prasad #AgileIndia2020

The story goes ... During the Agile Coach Camp at Agile India 2019, we had an interesting discussion driven by Woody Zuill around the concept of Organisational Inertia. This has been a topic of research since the early 80s with the newest research in 2000s as well. The research basically revolves around two aspects: An organisation's incapability to keep up with major shifts The resistance towards change These don't necessarily stop change from happening but considerably slows down the shift. With organisations struggling to survive in a VUCA world, Organisational Inertia becomes one of the critical factors for consideration. Enter, an Agile Coach! Our industries have heavily invested in them in the recent past and continue to do so in order to help them survive in this VUCA world. Shane Hastie addresses this as the Golden Age of Agile Coaching in which coaches can help the poor souls navigate themselves during a period of turmoil. I respect that. But my evil mind links the concepts of Organisational Inertia and the Golden Age of Agile Coaching differently; so during the Agile Coach Camp, I asked folks to run a Thought Experiment which I also mentioned in my talk during Agile India 2019. The hypothesis is: "We can deploy Agile Coaches in organisations and hopefully the organisations will overcome their inertia in 10 years to provide a better work experience to their employees. Contrarily, if Agile Coaches cease to exist, organisations may crumble under their inertia in 5 years and the ones left will be great places to work" ... from a Behavioural Economics standpoint, the second option seems better. Being a SLICE fundamentalist, I decided to run this hypothesis and began my experiment on 3rd June 2019, the day after I finished my last batch of ICAgile's Agile Coaching training. At the time of submitting this proposal, it hasn't been very long since I started the experiment, and it hasn't been easy to deliberately take a step back from coaching interventions. The observations have been interesting (if not amazing) so far and this is my experience report that I wish to share during Agile India 2020. My plan is to run a set of experiments until 31st December 2019 and then decide my way ahead. I mention below the observations so far that I wish to share in my talk but there may be other experiments that I'll share if provided a platform at Agile India 2020. More details: https://confengine.com/agile-india-2020/proposal/11929 Conference Link: https://2020.agileindia.org
Ep 22 : Safety Check During The Retrospective
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Agile Beyond Boundary

Ep 22 : Safety Check During The Retrospective

#SafetyCheck #Retrospective #AgileBestPractices Thank you for tuning into Agile Beyond boundary. Today's Two-minute Gyaan is about #SafetyCheck during the #Retrospectives A Safety Check is a poll that many teams conduct before their retrospective to Check the presence of a safe environment. It is a good way to check if the team is 1. Open to share and 2. Have the right frame of mind to provide feedback If everyone feels safe, then we are okay to proceed but what if everyone does not feel safe? The first intuitive response would be to- postpone this meeting in order to fix the Safety issues first this, however, will be an Antipattern! A retrospective is a place where people discuss • #people • #relationships • #processes and • #tools so, there's no good reason to #postpone this meeting to mend the relationships when this is exactly where it's supposed to happen. There are a few things to be considered to build a safe #environment : If the environment isn’t safe, then – Our regular #retrospective #patterns may not work so one should not hesitate to conduct retrospectives. Which resembles 1. A #group #therapy #session: Many at times people are just upset because they want to be heard. 2. No external attendees: Retrospectives are very sacred to a team, so one must ensure that the attendees are not external like a sponsor or a manager who's responsible for #appraisals or #performance. It is best to leave the team alone, in order to identify their own improvements 3. Maintain Regularity: Retrospectives must be done regularly. This creates a mental state where people accept that a. This is a time to come together and b. #Improve A good frequency is a month or less One should #timebox the retrospective, but you should still have long enough time in order to have heartfelt conversations. These #practices can help create a safe environment. The role of a #skilled #facilitator Also, one must not ignore the role of a skilled facilitator during retrospectives. They can be #internal or #external to a team as long as they are neutral. Many a time Safety Check may be skipped, if the facilitator has/had regular connects with the team members, for example - a #scrum #master. They may choose to still have the Safety Check if the team members asked for it in order to provide transparency or in order to decide a suitable method for conducting the meeting.
Conference Talks

Agile India Conference 2020

Talk

Virtual

Converge Coimbatore 2019

Workshop

Coimbatore

Agile Coach Camp India 2019

Open Space

Bengaluru

Discuss Agile Day 2016

Talk

Pune

Discuss Agile Day 2015

Experience Report

Pune

Converge Pune 2020

Talk

Virtual

Converge Bengaluru 2019

Talk

Bengaluru

Agile Gurugram 2019

Talk

Gurugram

PlayScrum Conference 2016

Workshop

Pune

FailConf 2019

Talk

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