How evolutionary psychology validates the Agile mindset – David Michel, Agile on the Beach 2019

Watch David Michel’s session from Agile On The Beach 2019 where he explores how psychology works to validate the Agile mindset, drawing from personality psychology and evolutionary biology to shed some lights into why we behave the way we do and why the agile mindset might be either easier or harder to adopt for certain personality types.

David also investigates how the balance between planning ahead and embracing uncertainty has deep biological roots into how we evolved as a species, and how this influences how we ought to shape software development projects to be aligned with our psychological substructure as human beings. Finally, he covers a few strategies we can apply to help us deal with stress and how we can improve the way we learn and reduce risks in agile projects to build the “right thing” as well as the “thing right”. Phew – all that in less than 35 minutes!

David is a biophysical chemist by training who has been working in the software development industry for the last 10 years. During that time working for Tessella in Oxford, David has been in many different roles from software developer, scrum master, to product owner as well as innovation and Agile coach.

As a fervent advocate of Agile approaches and knowledge sharing, David has been leading a thriving Agile community of practice at Tessella and coaching Agile and lean approaches for many projects and clients. He is also a regular speaker and contributor at the Agile Oxfordshire Meetup group.

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