Agile India Conference – A wake up call for India

Here is a quick statistic for you. Here is a list of speakers in Agiel2013 India conference starting tomorrow as a much publicized expensive show. While it is an honor to have so many awesome speakers from across the world some of the best in the industry it is indeed sad that more than 90 percent of these speakers do not work closely with teams in India. This means there are absolutely no credible teams or speakers in India which I find hard to believe.

The most common argument i hear is that the quality of speakers from India is horrible and is not a crowd puller. Speakers from India often find it tough to get selected in agile conferences in US as most of the speakers who speak here also dominate the stage when you submit a paper in the US.

How would agile in India even succeed if there is hardly any local presence .Even if it sucks  ( which i find tough to believe) I would like to see the real problems in Indian software industry come out in open. The challenges that indian teams face are culturally very different .

I am really disapointed that the list is an all star show with lots of great speakers. Wake up speakers in Indian organizations. “You have just been told you suck”

But you should surely go ahead and listen to all these dignitaries and at least learn a bit more so that we do not have this fiasco in future agile conferences in India. A sad day for Indian Agile scene Indeed. Here is a list of speakers.  There are only four of five i see from India.

Craig Larman
Owen Rogers
Linda Rising
Dave Hoover
Henrik Kniberg
Fred George
Neal Ford
Laurent Bossavit
Karl Scotland
Steve Wolfe
Jeff Patton
Ram Srinivasan
Masa K Maeda
Evelyn Tian
David West, Rebecca Rikner
Mary Poppendieck
Kenji Hiranabe
Cara Turner
Fred George
Jez Humble
David West
Neal Ford
Thushara Wijewardena
Naresh jain
Aslam Khan
Kenji Hiranabe
Henrik Kniberg
Jeff Patton
Sherif Mansour
Ebin John Poovathany
Howard Deiner
Masa K Maeda
Linda Rising
Kevlin Henney
Tathagat Varma
Siddharta Govindaraj
Owen Rogers
Mary Poppendieck
Jenny Quillien
Jagadeesh B
Jez Humble, Badrinath J
Laurent Bossavit
Venkat Subramaniam
Tarang Baxi, Chirag Doshi
Assumption of Agile
Fred George
Dave West, Jenny Quillien
Nick Pellow
Kevlin Henney

I do really think though that this be a eye opener for Indian organizations and agile practitioners and coaches who have just been told that neither can you present in western conferences nor local ones in India itself

The affinity we have to listen to speakers from west surprises me.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Its really a concerning attitude… i find companies are looking for local solutions in their agile journey… and how that localized view or perspective can emerge in absence of good local views taken care? and i agree with you “The challenges that indian teams face are culturally very different .” … we have our local problems… few of the big companies have started running on freshers to reduce cost… and attrition rate is also India specific problem…

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