Presented by Laurens Bonnema

Abstract:

In this session, Laurens Bonnema will introduce basic concepts of political economy and show how they apply to Agile projects. Political economy is an interdisciplinary approach that applies economic methods to political theories or vice versa. In Agile projects, the distribution of power is fundamentally different from more plan-driven approaches. In political terms, the change from plan-driven to Agile is not unlike the shift from monarchy or oligarchy to democracy. Historically, shifts like that are accompanied by a power struggle of varying intensity. Visualizing, quantifying and measuring this struggle can help Agile coaches and managers to successfully implement an Agile approach in a plan-driven organization.

Format and length:

60 mins Experience Report and interactive session

Intended audience and prerequisites:

Agile coaches and managers.

Objective(s) of the session:

Provide an overview of political economic theory applied to Agile projects and show how this can help Agile coaches and managers.

Benefits, for the participants and the presenters:

A working knowledge of political economy can help Agile coaches and managers to successfully implement an Agile approach in a plan-driven organization.

By presenting this, the presenter will be able to validate the viability of the idea of applying political economic theory to Agile projects in the Agile community.