Aslam Khan, factor10, South Africa
Aslam Khan has eighteen years of professional experience covering software architecture and development using design patterns, agile methodologies and various static and dynamic programming languages. He works intimately by coaching software development teams to design and build sustainable, low maintenance enterprise applications by focusing on team agility, simplicity over complexity and by taking the fundamental position that design is more valuable than a technology.
He holds the philosophy that successful architectures and enterprise applications can be achieved if one immerses themselves completely in the business domain of the enterprise. With a degree in Electronic Engineering, Aslam believes that software architects must be able to build what they draw and still finds room in every engagement to practice his craft of software development.
Aslam is an architecture and design coach at factor10 (http://www.factor10.com) and looks after factor10 interests in South Africa. He is a regular writer in various technical forums and speaker at local and international events and is a dzone.com editor for the Architecture zone (http://architects.dzone.com). You can read his blog at http://aslamkhan.net.
Managing Diversity Challenges in Agile Teams
Whether you follow Extreme Programming, Scrum, or any other agile methodology, there is are hidden assumptions that the team is a homogenous unit, with common threads that bind the team together. Yet, realistically, each team consists of diverse individuals. With globalization and geographically dispersed teams, these assumptions are no longer necessarily true. Increasingly, teams are melting pot of various cultures. Language differences, geographic and time zone differences, and deep rooted cultural and historical differences can easily lead to conflict in a team. Under estimating, ignoring, or simply not understanding diversity can led to project failure. However, harnessing this diversity can increase team effectiveness.