Being human, taking Open Source, Agile and Cloud beyond tech! at Drupal Europe

Privileged to be given the opportunity by organisers at Drupal Europe to share Peace Through Prosperity‘s journey with the Drupal community. Thank you!

This was the third rendition of this talk since 2015, and in this time our charity, our work, progress of our beneficiaries and our learnings from it have come a long way. Continue reading

Public Speaking

Recent speaking engagements

2018:

2017:

2016:

  • Startup School: Agility- 101, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • The Accelerator Network: “Agility and Product Development”, London, UK.
  • Peace Conference, Karachi, Pakistan

Others:

  • Agile Lean Europe (ALE), Agile for Peace, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2015
  • Agile London Conference 2015, Agile for Peace, London, UK
  • Transforming lives using agile – Scrum Alliance Regional Gathering, Bangalore, India, 2015
  • London Project Management Conference, Agile for Peace, London, UK, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker at Drupal Camp Sofia 2015
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp London 2015
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Brighton 2015
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Ghent 2014
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Yorkshire 2014
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp London 2013
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Leuven 2013
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Helsinki 2012
  • Speaker at BAD Camp Brighton 2012
  • Speaker at DrupalCon Munich 2012
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Dubai 2013
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Karachi 2013
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Lahore 2013
  • Speaker at Drupal Camp Islamabad 2012

Links to youtube videos:

Agile in non-tech environments – Empathy mapping with Joe public in Ibrahim Hyderi, Karachi

Combining Agility and Empathy to better understand people and change Building on from my previous post on empathy maps it seems apt to share a real world example of how a non-technical team utilises empathy maps. To build deep understanding of the target audience’s issues and to address their pains. 

For those not familiar with Peace Through Prosperity, the organisation works with people engaged in micro-enterprises; such as street-cart or pavement based green grocers, barbers, cobblers and food vendors. Peace Through Prosperity enables them to build a better future for themselves, their family and community through vocational education and coaching. Continue reading

Pause, reflect – lets celebrate journey of a team #SocialTransformation #Heroes

Team

What better way to spend a Sunday in Karachi than reminiscing and sharing Peace Through Prosperity (BringPTP)’s success with y’all.

Let me set the scene real quick!

2014

  • Peace Through Prosperity (BringPTP) brings its social transformation programs to Karachi. See this if you’re not familiar with BringPTP’s work.
  • BringPTP set’s about building the delivery team for what is to be the largest engagement in what is and remains a very challenging engagement.
  • Attempt 1 fails fast, and the delivery team is down to three! that reflection is for another post but it’s worth stating; for this program BringPTP hired MBAs, Tech and Social sciences graduates, of the seven hires all but one made the cut in the field, it was a brutal sprint and bloody retrospective!… and yes there was a lot of drama!
  • Attempt 2 yields a team of 9 all potential (very rough) gems, all hired from within marginalized communities they are soon to engage. There are two team members  with Higher Education qualifications, some have secondary schooling but others are only literate. None have ever been through any formal professional training of any sort or undertaken anything like this. Overall the team is hired on their street smarts, courage and a hunger for socio-economic transformation in their communities.
  • The newly formed team’s training and coaching lasts for two weeks with key areas of focus being; BringPTP’s programs and Agility (Scrum), Majority of the training and coaching delivered was in the field itself.
  • The team takes a cautious start to the project. There are many failures along the way, the team inspects, learns, adapts and keeps moving forward whilst delivering phenomenal, phenomenal results!
  • The team isn’t quite self organizing yet, but they are well on their way!

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Applying Agile beyond tech – key ingredients

Ingredient

This post started of as an email to Yashin Lin from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Yashin reached out for advise on applying agile practices in non-technical teams in the social/international development sector.  This post is a guide I intend to keep building on, so do check back for updates or subscribe to be kept updated.

Introducing agility to teams, programs and organisations is less about selecting the appropriate agile framework and more about changing the culture, mindset of the teams and the organisation designing and delivering such programs of work.

Agile is a mindset, a worldview, not a set of how-to’s. However there are procedures and practices that teams in the development sector can borrow from Agile frameworks; Continue reading