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Webinar: Self-Leadership – An Agile Leader’s Secret to Leading Others Well

The webinar “Self-Leadership – An Agile Leader’s Secret to Leading Others Well” by Vibhu Srinivasan was successfully conducted as a part of Leadership Webinar Series on 10 August 2017.

The Recording is now available.

Vibhu started the session with the definition of Agile leadership and explained why Leading Self or Self Leadership is the first change Agile leaders need before they lead others. He also illustrated the two distinctively different types of leaders and spoke about the challenges that fall in the way of Agile transformation.

Vibhu emphasized on how it is time to rethink how Agile leaders lead. He shared some thoughts on existing time tested models that can help with Self Leadership. He also explained how the DEEP FAT model helps as a guide to lead others.

Vibhu concluded the webinar helping understand why simple things stick and complex things don’t.

If you missed the webinar or would like to revisit the talk, write to us to view the recording!

Vibhu Srinivasan:

Vibhu is an Entrepreneur, Avid Learner, Teacher and a Result Driven Leader. As Director and Founder of SolutionsIQ India, Vibhu has been on a continuous journey of delivering value for customers by creating high-performance teams. Over the years of his Agile journey of consulting, coaching, mentoring, and training, Vibhu has worked in almost every sphere of Agility – Extreme Programming to Kanban; Leadership Transformation to Business Agility. Connect with Vibhu on LinkedIn.

Webinar Recording-24X7 Continuous Testing in current day Software Development

The webinar “24X7 Continuous Testing in current day Software Development” by Dr.Ganesh Iyer was successfully conducted as a part of Leadership Webinar Series on 15 June 2017.

The recording is now available!

Dr.Ganesh Iyer offered insights on how most of the organizations now using Agile software development methodologies have changed their focus from software development to deliver faster releases—and how this affects the way they test within the sprint. He also spoke about the challenges which include frequent changes in requirements, the addition of incremental features to the product, and release at any point of time and how one can seamlessly address most of these challenges.

He highlighted some continuous test approaches in practice including 24/7 reliability testing and continuous integration. He also discussed the importance of endurance testing, practical considerations when we perform such durability testing, framework design elements for running tests continuously, and finally—what to look for in the results.

He concluded that continuous testing is the ability to run tests continuously in an environment, irrespective of product upgrades and dependent third-party systems.

If you missed the webinar or would like to revisit the talk, Click Here to view the recording now!

About Dr.Ganesh:

Dr.Ganesh Iyer is a QA Architect at Progress with more than twelve years of research and development experience. He is also a professor, an Agile advocate and a public speaker delivering talks, workshops and technical sessions across the globe.Know more about Dr.Ganesh.

On behalf of SolutionsIQ we thank you for your interest and participation. Our next webinar will be announced shortly.

Webinar recording – Cultural Agility: The Unfair Advantage?

The webinar “Cultural Agility: The Unfair Advantage?” by Tathagat Varma was successfully conducted as a part of Leadership Webinar Series on 13 June 2017, 08:00 PM IST.

The recording is now available!

The Context of Culture

Knowledge work requires humans to work together. However, we humans are not wired uniformly. We are a product of the culture in which we are brought up, and some of these cultural nuances are simply a result of long-term evolution patterns. Culture is the sum of complex social interrelationships taken in the overall perspective, and hence when we talk of culture, there is no such thing as right or wrong, or better or worse – it is what it is.

Frameworks and Culture

However, when we prescribe a framework like Scrum, we try to impose a culture-agnostic way to organize the team. This might be ok to start with, but could a team exploit its natural advantages by piggybacking on its innate cultural strengths? Can teams, and eventually organizations, understand and adapt to their multiple local contexts to ultimately drive better business results?

Imagine, you have an established product, and now you want to make it a global brand by launching it in new markets. The first step towards it, after the initial research to identify the market(s) to enter, is a GTM strategy. You are thoroughly prepared with your product mix, the channels of distribution, the pricing and a solid budget for marketing and advertising. You, of course, think of the cultural aspects too. But how impactful can culture be to an organizations’ growth and success?

You may have heard this famous line – Culture eats strategies for breakfast. And that’s what the impact could be in simple terms!

The webinar also brought out that more than 50% of revenue for an enterprise comes from beyond borders. And that makes it very important for today’s businesses to care about, build and improve their cultural agility!

In the first webinar of the Leadership Webinar Series by SolutionsIQ, Tathagat Varma opened his session with examples of big and mighty brands that went terribly wrong when they were entering new markets. The point he brings out is that although our appearances are similar, we are all wired differently. And hence becoming culturally aware, understanding the cultural context can prove to be key to rise or fall of a business.

Tathagat moved on to share a few frameworks to understand the culture of nations and that of organizations, such as the Hofstede’s Dimensions of National and Organizational Culture. And finally, he shared very engaging perspective of Cultural Agility and how to create it in organizations.

If you missed the webinar or would like to revisit the talk, Click Here to view the recording now!

About Tathagat:

Tathagat Varma (a.k.a. “TV”) Tathagat has been involved with hi-tech software product development since ’91 with Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and subsequently with Siemens Telecom, Philips Medical Systems and Philips Digital Networks divisions, Huawei Technologies, McAfee, NetScout Systems and Yahoo! prior to joining at [24]7 Innovation Labs in significant technical and leadership roles, including starting up and heading India operations for NetScout Systems between 2004 and 2009, heading Business Operations at Yahoo! and VP for Global Strategic Process Innovation at [24]7 Innovation Labs, before starting up with his coaching and consulting firm “Thought Leadership” in 2014. Know more about Tathagat

On behalf of SolutionsIQ we thank you for your interest and participation. Our next webinar will be announced shortly.

Event Report: DevOps for the Boss!

We successfully concluded the workshop ‘DevOps for the Boss!’ on Saturday, 27th May 2017. Thank you for the wholehearted participation and enthusiasm. The event was organized by Agile Technical Group and hosted and sponsored by SolutionsIQ.

The sessions were informative and meaningful and aimed to enable participants to break old habits to begin a journey of self-discovery. The objective of the sessions was to stretch the skills and understanding of DevOps and Continuous Integration. We believe the objective was met from the positive feedback we received.

The artifacts used in the workshop have been pushed to the Github Account.
Here are some photos of the sessions on Facebook, please feel free to tag yourself and your friends who attended!

Visit ourYouTube Channel to hear what our participants had to say about the event.

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Sustainable Software Design

The webinar “Sustainable Software Design” by Lance Kind was successfully conducted as a part of the BizDevOps Master Webinar Series on 20 April 2017, 08:00 PM IST.

The recording is now available!

About the topic: The average lifespan of a software product stretches to 10 years and frequently the cost of adding features to it grows over time. Developers that use Refactoring and the Agile principle of Continuous Improvement keep the cost flat and in fact, can change the technology in their software stack to keep their product up to date allowing its lifespan to continue indefinitely.

Lance offered insights on what Refactoring is and how it contributes to Sustainable Software Design and how to measure and support its adoption.

About the Presenter: Lance Kind lives in China, and the USA, and places in between. After four years of Waterfall he and his team were introduced to eXtreme Programming by Kent Beck and achieved the ability to make a “ship or no-ship” decision with full test suite passes within four hours. Four years of TDD, Pair Programming, and System Testing later, he worked at SolutionsIQ delivering projects with Scrum + XP. In 2006 he began Agile coaching and training technical practices. For the last five years, he has delivered consulting services in China as well as the USA.

He is a publishing author of science fiction and a project management comic series called Scrum Noir which made the Amazon bestseller list for a week. Search for “Lancer Kind” on to see his publications.

On behalf of SolutionsIQ we thank you for your interest and participation. Our next webinar will be announced shortly.

Click Here to view the webinar recording now!

Stress-free Continuous Delivery Using Sensible Information Radiators

We successfully completed another great webinar as a part of BizDevOps Master Webinar Series. Vivek Ganesan shared his view on “Stress-free Continuous Delivery Using Sensible Information Radiators”.

The recording is now available!

About the topic: When teams deliver increments of working software using a continuous delivery pipeline, it becomes important to close the feedback loop by letting the team members know as soon as possible when something fails. Vivek spoke about the mechanism of human response and how taking some extra care in designing information radiators can optimize the response time of human beings to anything wrong happening in the delivery pipeline.

View the webinar recording for the following key takeaways:
1. Differences between Information Radiator and it’s evil-twin Information Refrigerator
2. A systematic view of human cognition
3. Different types of Information Radiators for Continuous Delivery
4. How to design Information Radiators to reduce stress and response times?
5. You will learn about multiple information radiators that you can try in your workplace to get your CD pipeline up and running.

About the Presenter: Vivek Ganesan is an Agile Change Agent at Gainsight, Hyderabad. His day-in, day-out job is to be a servant leader for awesome product teams at Gainsight. He has seven years of experience in the software industry. He has spoken at multiple conferences within India and abroad. He has also volunteered to the Program Committee of Agile India 2016 Conference.

Vivek is also a ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching(ICP-ACC), Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional and SAFe Agilist.

On behalf of SolutionsIQ we thank you for your interest and participation. Our next webinar will be announced shortly.

Click Here to view the webinar recording now!

Implementing a Comprehensive Testing Strategy for Fast Delivery-BizDevOps Master Webinar Series

Implementing a Comprehensive Testing Strategy for Fast Delivery

By Vincent FUCHS, Technical Coach – Societe Generale Global Solution Centre

The Webinar ‘Implementing a Comprehensive Testing Strategy for Fast Delivery’, was successfully conducted on 08th Feb 2017. This was the 1st episode of the BizDevOps webinar series. The webinar was conducted by Vincent Fuchs, who has almost 12 years of experience in the IT industry, catering to structured finance domain for Société Générale.

Vincent offered some expert insights on how to ‘build the product right’ and how to efficiently test an application, whether legacy or green field. The webinar focused on applications which grow very fast with features to be validated each time, but in parallel, teams face pressure from business to deliver continuously. The webinar also highlighted how a sound, highly automated, testing strategy can help teams to bring together two seemingly opposite forces, to deliver software in which we have a high level of trust.

In case you missed out attending the webinar, below is the recording. Our next webinar will be in March and Mr. Vivek Ganesan of Gainsight is going to share about Designing Information Radiators for Quick Response to Failures in CD Pipeline. We will announce the date shortly!

Click here for the slides.

Business Agility Meetup by SolutionsIQ

Business Agility is not easy to define as it encompasses several aspects within an organization such as organization design, adaptive leadership, governance & strategy as well as Agile practices outside IT. The need of the hour is to sense and respond to customer and market needs with disruptive products and services in an immediate frictionless manner.

However, in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive environment how does one adapt to market pressures with consistently better products, processes and organizational environment? How can an enterprise achieve this adaptive state to achieve greater market share and revenue growth?  SolutionsIQ has evolved a change management approach that assures delivery of strategic business results in the most challenging enterprise change environments.

SolutionsIQ is pleased to present this session- Business Agility Meetup on 20th January 2016 with Astra-Zeneca, Chennai.

Below is the agenda for the event

05:00 PM – Introduction and Welcome Address – AstraZeneca Leadership

05.15 PM – The Hare and Tortoise – Why the hare wins in a digital world by Siddharth Govindaraj, Founder of Silver Stripe Software

06:00 PM – Less is More –  How businesses need to think of delivering more business value with less teams – Mahesh Varadharajan and Arun Jayaraman
06.45 PM – Coffee Break
07:00 PM – Interactive session by Soma Mohanty and Purav Shah of SolutionsIQ
07.45 PM – Closing and Retrospective

Register Here:

Announcing the Opening of Our New Office in Bangalore

SolutionsIQ India has taken yet another significant step forward. Our spanking new office on Residency Road is now open and fully functional!

This is a great move for us at several levels including visibility, space and accessibility. We would like to acknowledge all our colleagues and customers whose continuous support has enabled this move.

Situated in the impressive nine-story Prestige Towers on Residency Road, putting us on the main street, looking out onto some prominent land marks of the city, our office is a stone’s throw away from the very popular UB City and Ritz Carlton Hotel. While the old office was in a quieter part of the city, the new office is downtown and puts us in comfortable distance with major business districts, tech parks and a fine network of public transport.

Our new office allowed us to rethink the layout for the growing team and also our wish of having a brighter and flexible work space. With our new work space, we hope to continue to accelerate our growth.

“I can’t be more proud of our Journey in last six years in India. This new office reflects the culture, values and aspirations of SolutionsIQ employees in India. This sets a path for our future as we continue to be a boutique high value provider of Agile and Technology consulting to our customers in India.”, shared Mr. Vibhu Srinivasan, Managing Director, SolutionsIQ India.

It has been an exciting journey for SolutionsIQ India. We’re grateful for how far SolutionsIQ has come and the impact our people are having helping companies to transform with Agile towards building great teams and great products!

While our old address has served us well, we now look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our story. If you’re in the area, please do stop by and say hello!

Our new address is –
505, 5th floor
Prestige Towers
# 100/95, Residency Road
Bangalore – 560 025

Why every developer should attend Coderetreat?

The Global Day of Coderetreat is happening on the 22nd of October this year. We are excited to announce our participation as hosts and facilitators of the Global Day of Coderetreat in Bangalore.

Learn more about Global Day of Coderetreat

Over the years, Global Day of Code retreat has become a popular and a regular feature among software development events. Last year’s Global Day of Coderetreat attracted 2000 developers from more than 150 cities around the world. And this year is your chance to join movement!

The core benefit of Coderetreat lies in the opportunity of collaborating with fellow developers in an environment that lets you keep your focus on creating quality codes without the pressure of ‘getting things done’ in a hurry.

If you haven’t signed up for the event yet, then do it now! Sign up here

We start bright and early in the morning with multiple sessions of pair programming in languages and technologies you like! Breakfast, lunch and tea/coffee will be served on the day.

If you have questions about coderetreat, keep reading.

What is Global Day of Coderetreat?

Global Day of CodeRetreat is a world-wide event celebrating passion and software craftsmanship. It is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software construction and design. This year Global Day of Code Retreat is held on 22nd October 2016, Saturday .


  • The day consists of multiple sessions implementing Conway’s Game of Life in 45-minute sessions, each session’s learnings building upon previous sessions.
  • In each session you will pair with a fellow developer, using whichever technologies you are comfortable with
  • The morning focuses on becoming comfortable with the problem domain, breaking old habits and beginning focused self-discovery. The afternoon pushes the envelope by challenging pairs to stretch their skills and understanding of abstractions, modular design and test-driven development.
  • With most groups, the focus should be on the fundamentals of software development and modular design, primarily the 4 rules of simple design.
  • The day will start with breakfast at 8:30am and finish by 5 or 6pm

Why Should I attend the Global Day of Coderetreat?

  • Participants get a chance to practices and thus learn the basic and fundamental principles of software craftsmanship like simple, emergent, modular design, TDD , OOP’s principles etc.
  • Participants get to take part in focused practice sessions, away from the pressures of `getting things done`. These practices sessions helps improve one’s skills as software craftsmen and their ability to craft high quality software products that minimize the cost of change over time.
  • The code-retreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement and has been widely adapted by software companies across the globe.

Is this a free event?

Yes, this are a free event, but please make sure your register, we have limited seats.


  • Knowledge of any one programming language.
  • Please come with your laptop and favorite IDE with a unit testing framework.

I am a fresher, can I join this event?

Last year we had passionate programmers with experiences ranging from 1 to 20 years participating in Global Day of CodeRetreat . There will also be a pool of Agile Technical coaches to help you out in case you are stuck.

Please contact us for any more questions