Jesse Huth & Amber Kıng
Talk: Forming Self-selected Teams: How to Create Happy, Empowered, and Effective Teams
Abstract: How do you create excited, engaged, happy, and effective teams? Start them off right by letting your engineers choose their own teams and projects! Through a proven technique called self-selection, Opower was able to turn a tribe of 40 engineers, many of whom were unexcited about continuing to work on the same old products, into six high-performing teams with engineers who were excited to embark on a new adventure, acquire new skills, and ship awesome code.
Amber King is a Senior Manager and Head of Product Operations at Capital One Labs, where she runs the agile practice and operations for Capital One’s Innovation Lab. Amber has been leading agile teams in a variety of industries for over a decade and founded the agile consultancy, O2 Agility. Previously, Amber led the Agile Program Management Office at Opower (recently acquired by Oracle) and drove the transition from waterfall to agile development at National Geographic. She began her career as a Software Engineer at IBM and is passionate about environmental sustainability, time management, and women in technology. She is a Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and Project Management Professional (PMP). Amber has been a Guest Lecturer at Harvard Business School and spoken at Business Agility (2017), Lean+Agile DC (2014, 2015), Agile DC (2015, 2016), IBM Rational Development Conference (2007, 2011), and the IBM Early Tenure Conference (2009) on a wide range of topics including self-selection, lean release planning, agile project management, database architecture and innovation for IBM Rational Clearquest, eradicating poverty in Africa, transitioning National Geographic to agile development and the digital age.
Jesse is currently a Senior Agile Program Manager at Opower (acquired by Oracle). He has experience establishing scaled agile frameworks, developing lean processes that teams love, and establishing innovation strategies. Together he and Amber run O2 Agility and are passionate about helping others create great teams. He is a Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Jesse has spoken about self-selection at Business Agility (2017) and Agile DC (2016) as well as several local meetups.