With the popularity of Sheryl Sandberg’s book *Lean In*, there is an increase in the number of conversations about the treatment and choices of women in the workplace. Do those conversations apply in the agile space, with its focus on individuals and interactions? Can we assume that the rituals associated with agile, by their very nature of collaboration, create environments of equality? Or are the biases that affect the general population evident in self-organizing teams too?
In this session, Diane and Doc provide an overview of some common biases regarding gender. Then they look at how some of the common practices used by agile teams may be perpetuating a culture of subtle inequality. Diane and Doc share some of the benefits of encouraging diversity on our teams and kick start the discussion about what teams can modify to achieve it.
You will leave with an increased awareness of your own biases and those affecting your team. You will also be challenged to try at least one suggestion for tweaking your teams behaviors when you return to work.