About Rashina Hoda
Rashina Hoda has been researching industrial Agile practice since the mid-2000s. She is constantly in awe of how practitioners make Agile work, despite the practical challenges. With her research teams, she has developed evidence-based theories and published over 100 research articles on topics such as self-organising teams, self-assignment, role of the project manager in Agile teams, coordination in large-scale Agile, and human values in agile methods. In 2017, Rashina received a distinguished paper award on her ‘Theory of Becoming Agile’ at the International Conference on Software Engineering, which she later applied to present the idea of ‘Agile Nation’ to address wider societal challenges in a 2019 TEDxAuckland talk. Rashina was selected as one of the 2020-2021 ‘Superstars of STEM’ by Science and Technology Australia and has reached out to more than 450 girls in Melbourne schools to share her journey into software engineering and inspire them to consider careers in STEM disciplines. Rashina enjoys presenting the ‘Voice of Agile Research’ to a wide range of audiences and has spoken at Agile New Zealand, Agile India, and the XP conferences over the years. She is an Associate Professor in Software Engineering at Monash University. For more, see rashina.com
The term ‘Agile’ is fast becoming redundant. A majority of teams practice some flavour of Agile and a growing number of practitioners are ‘Agile natives’. While they have served us well for over two decades, Agile methods are not without limitations. In this talk, Rashina Hoda will share her experiences from industrial Agile research to shed light on what’s missing and what can be done better, along with a vision of a new future of software project management that combines a deeply human-centric approach (‘the heart’) with AI-assisted techniques (‘the mind’) to augment and boost current Agile practice.