Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Agile Teams

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Agile Teams

Organizations that embrace diversity and inclusion outperform their peers. But understanding where to focus your DEI efforts and how to make change stick can be challenging. Where do you start? What areas should you focus on? And are you making progress over time?

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Agile Teams

An instrument dedicated to helping people make meaningful change

DEI for Agile Teams is an assessment instrument dedicated to helping people make meaningful change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across organizations. By leveraging data to inform discussions and drive change, DEI for Agile Teams helps companies focus efforts where it matters and improve work environments for sustainable change. DEI for Agile Teams allows teams or workgroups to gather actionable insights that will help them improve team DEI so that all members can thrive.

Agile Meets DEI

The assessment instrument leverages the three pillars and five values of Scrum to identify how embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion creates a more supportive work environment.

Broad Perspective

Designed by internationally recognized professionals in the DEI and Agile space, the assessment aims to create awareness and identify concrete areas of improvement at the team and organizational levels.

Quality and Reliability

Created using survey design best practices and validated by data scientists, the assessment instrument informs your broader DEI and agile transformation efforts with data you can trust.

Sample Survey Items

We understand how decisions are made that impact team diversity, equity, and inclusion
We, as a team, regularly review our progress toward our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and discuss how we are doing
We intentionally work to identify our personal biases
I am comfortable sharing my feelings around diversity, equity, and inclusion
Our team members speak up when they experience or observe injustice or discrimination
I can be my authentic self at work

Sample Survey Items

We understand how decisions are made that impact team diversity, equity, and inclusion

We, as a team, regularly review our progress toward our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and discuss how we are doing

We intentionally work to identify our personal biases
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Top Features

Increase transparency of current state of team DEI

Provide data for team inspection and adaptation to improve DEI

Engage all team members in sharing responsibility for DEI

Track team DEI progress over time

Increase transparency of current state of team DEI

Provide data for team inspection and adaptation to improve DEI

Engage all team members in sharing responsibility for DEI

Track team DEI progress over time

Lisa Cooper

Lisa Cooper is the founder and CEO of several social enterprises in Norway that are focused on creating social change with a focus on diversity and inclusion, arts, culture, and youth. Her project portfolio has a Nordic footprint.

She has a passion for designing and implementing projects with high social impact. Formerly an executive in both the private and public sectors, she has lived in six countries and has over 35 years of international experience. Lisa sits on several boards in the private, public, and humanitarian sectors, and is a sought-after speaker, mentor, coach, and collaboration partner.

Jyl Feliciano

Jyl Feliciano is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition at Advocate Aurora Health, and brings a background in preparing companies for the Future of Work within human resources, operational engineering, education, and organizational inclusion coaching.

Jyl has 10 years of experience in re-energizing and elevating D&I operating models by developing equitable sourcing, selection, and retention strategies with a focus on coaching leaders to lead with an inclusive lens and adopt innovative tactics rooted in marketplace data analytics, to successfully integrate equity and inclusion into each phase of the employee life-cycle. Jyl has successfully led Global Inclusion Programs across the finance, technology, and consumer products industries by challenging leaders to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership.

Melanie Coffee

Melanie Coffee is a communications expert with more than 20 years of journalism experience. Through effective storytelling and community building, she helps brands bring significant awareness to increase the value of a product or service and she helps organizations elevate the global conversation around key social issues.

A longtime diversity, equity, and inclusion advocate, Melanie has hosted numerous training workshops on inclusive leadership, diversity and effective communication for professionals across various industries including legal, media and technology. Her natural curiosity and passion for collaborative, effective change led her to the world of Agile 10 years ago, where she is a Certified ScrumMaster®, who is continually learning and honing her craft as getting better is never done.

Trenton Merideth, Sr.

Trenton is an experienced project manager with expertise in project planning, project/product life cycle management, budget development & management, and process redesign. He has worked in the pharmaceutical, consumer, management consultant, and healthcare industries.

Trenton brings value to organizations through his ability to manage large, complex projects & teams, effectively communicate with team members, executive leaders & global leaders, drive revenue and market share, and launch projects on or before their projected launch dates.

Pamela Meyer, Phd.

Dr. Pamela Meyer is the author of four books on agility, innovation, and learning, including The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams and Organizations, and is a Certified ScrumMaster®.

Through her in-depth research and expertise in understanding how adults learn to innovate and improvise, along with two decades of working with Fortune Fortune 50 to 500 companies, Meyer helps business leaders implement best agility practices to drive results. In addition to her work with organizations, Pamela Meyer teaches courses in business innovation, organizational change, and adult learning at DePaul University in Chicago.

Todd Williams

Todd Williams is a strategic senior program, Agile and business leader: Proven change agent and consensus builder driving Agile transformations, including four large enterprise business transformations: Bank of America Conversational Commerce “Erica”, AT&T Integrated Cloud Computing (AIC), T-Mobile Billing and McKesson Technology Group (Scaled Agile Transformation & Global Agile PMO).

Todd has over 15 years of success leading complex, high-value enterprise, business transformation, and IT programs in national and global environments. He built his reputation by working effectively across the enterprise as an advisor, program manager, operations manager, and individual contributor leading enterprise initiatives enabling revenue and profit growth, as well as overall enterprise efficiency. He has a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from DePaul University; SAFe Program Consultant 5 (SPC5), PMP, Certified Scrum Professional, SAFe RTE, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

DEI for Agile Teams by Lisa Cooper, Melanie Coffee, Jyl Feliciano, Pamela Meyer, Merideth Trenton, Todd Williams and Comparative Agility is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

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