Mindtree community stories

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Stories on this page are the outcomes of various community initiatives and interactions. Since the community is driven voluntarily, passionate Mindtree Minds decide the community objective, identify gaps, chart out a roadmap, leverage different techniques and intervention models that benefit other like-minded members. This also helps them network with each other, stay connected, make friends and build trust.

We did a community survey and found out that 23% saw a great progress in the way community initiative has evolved in 2011. 8% said the community activities have made a direct impact in their work/project and it was a life saver for them. 47% noticed a positive impact (personally/professionally) on themselves as well as others.

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Madhusudhan KM, Chief Architect of MindTree, facilitating an event on 'Rules of the Thumb do not Apply' for breakthrough applications. He gave examples of Skype, eBay, Twitter where the thumb rules did not apply.

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A Thought Leader, Leading by Example to Clear Myths on Agile for the Community

A Thought Leader, Leading by Example to Clear Myths on Agile for the Community

Agile Community

The Need

There are several myths and misrepresentations about Agile, across the industry. It is probably a result of the way in which Agile Methodologies have evolved over the past decade. Many early adopters realized the potential and value in adopting Agile principles. This initiated a cultural transformation in software delivery i.e. the traditional way of creating and maintaining software changed to the evolutionary way. As it became popular it was quickly adopted by companies, thus the principles got very little time to mature. This resulted in different people having developed different notions about Agile which eventually became misleading and incorrect.

Raja Bavani, who is a thought leader on the subject and also a champion for the Agile Community, decided to break myths he has come across while meeting various people. The intent was simple. Give the community (within and outside MindTree) the right picture of what Agile is and what it isn’t.

The Engagement

Nothing beats pen and paper. That way it helps in making tacit knowledge explicit which in turn works as a good reference material. It also helps people to share the same with those who are still grappling with the myths. Raja chose blogging as a medium to break the following 15 myths people had:

  1. Take the Waterfall Model and Add One Arrow
  2. Agile means ‘Start Coding With No Documentation
  3. Agile means ‘Ad Hoc’ or ‘No Processes’
  4. Agile means ‘No Planning’
  5. Agile Team Members Must be Super Stars
  6. Agile is for Product Engineering Only
  7. Changes Can Happen On a Daily Basis
  8. Agile is for Development Projects Only
  9. Agile Impacts Work-life Balance
  10. Agile is Just Another Fad
  11. TDD is Enough to Ensure Software Quality
  12. A Chain of Unit Tests is a Complete Regression Suite
  13. Agile Doesn’t Allow for Long-Term Planning
  14. Agile Testing is All About Unit Testing, TDD, and Test Automation
  15. In Agile Projects Process Compliance is a Big Issue

Later, for the benefit of the larger community outside MindTree, it was decided to create an e-book which is the consolidated version of all the blogs.

The Outcome

The write-up cleared doubts of many. In the first 6 months over 1500 community members read Raja’s blogs. The content triggered substantial comments and thoughts from various community members across locations. The online conversation became more vibrant and meaningful bringing different viewpoints from practitioners within MindTree. The examples shared have helped project teams in understanding the core of Agile and thus breaking myths around it. Besides this has become suggested reading material for the Sales, IG and Delivery teams too.

In November 2011, the blogs were collated to create an e-book for the benefit of the community outside MindTree, see here. Within 4 months of publishing, hundreds of users had viewed the 29 pager document. The write-up has become a good reference material for teams that have adopted Agile. Coincidentally when Raja went to speak at a national conference, one of speakers said,

“The ‘Agile Myths and Misinterpretations’ is an extremely useful and informative compilation on myths prevalent in Scrum waters. What I liked immediately about it was that it went beyond simply listing the myths; it dove deep into issues, how myths are introduced into the process and take root, and what people can do to prevent such problems from plaguing their teams and clients. I have used it whilst preparing for my session in Agile India 2012, and would have no hesitation doing so again.”


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