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Wednesday, May 24 • 15:30 - 16:30
Thinking Independently Together

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Diversity is great, right? The more the better. That is what we are of tought. 
However, does diversity really deliver on its promise? Is there such a thing as too much diversity? Can diversity sometimes become an objective on it's own? Do we sometime sacrifice other important outcomes on the alter of diversity? 
Futhermore, diversity is supposed to be a good thing. It is a value that we should all adopt, right? However, isn't a common culture the 'glue' that holds the team together? Is that the opposite of diversity?
This talk is an attempt to give an honest look at these questions, and provide answers  and insights rom my own experience.
I explore the limits of diversity. When is diversity good, and when get it be detrimental.

Over the years I have tried to build teams that are diverse enough to avoid the groupthink trap, yet able to work together towards achieving a common goal. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I failed, but I always learned something.
As a senior technical architect at Cisco that leads a team of software architects, I will draw on my professional experience to offer insights on the benefits of diversity, the traps of groupthink as well as value and challenges of working with technical teams across the world. I will discuss the Agile approaches which helped to achieve the goals effectively and those that did not work quite so well. 
I will start the report by asking some questions, followed by a discussion of how they are answered within the organization I work for. For example, what is the main driving force behind the goal to create diverse teams? How many faces does diversity have? Lack of gender diversity in technology space is a well-known issue, cultural diversity is targeted by many other professional fields. But is it really all we look for? How about diversity of skills, mindsets, social experiences, attitudes?
I will make the connection between diversity in teams and diversity in agile processes, looking at interactions, challenges and dynamics in varied and conforming teams.

You might not agree with everything I have to say. That's fine. Hopefully you will be provoked into giving some deep and honest thought of these issues.

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Avraham Poupko

Senior System's Architect, L&T Technical Services
I am an Architect and leader of a group of Architects in L&T's Center of Excellence in Jerusalem. I am fascinated by the ways by which people get together to create software. The idea of minds joining to create something "abstract" such as software is one of the great wonders of... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 15:30 - 16:30 CEST
Belvedere 12th Floor