PRO WORKSHOP: Agile Development at 20: Can It Evolve and Thrive in the Era of Hybrid Work?


Aaron Upright
ZenHub, Co-founder and Head of Strategic Accounts

Aaron Upright co-founded ZenHub in 2015 to help forward thinking software teams manage their projects closer to the code. Aaron currently serves as the Head of Strategic Accounts where he works closely with customers to help shape the product experience.


The Agile Manifesto turned 20 this year, and while many of the core tenants are still applicable, the world has changed considerably in the last two decades. What would the Agile Manifesto look like if it was written today and took into consideration our new reality of hybrid working environments? Changes are most definitely needed, as software leaders find themselves still struggling to navigate the murky waters of 21st Century project management to get the most out of their team.

Developers’ complaints with Agile are myriad, but most of them come down to a lack of visibility and ownership. For example, developers can feel that frameworks like Scrum are nothing but bureaucracy, which is the opposite of its intended purpose. Developers can also feel disconnected from the bigger goals of their project, being trapped in an endless list of “to dos” without the time to think thoroughly about the features they’re creating.

As a project manager your most important job is to help your developers spend more time doing the work compared to tracking the work, while giving them the visibility they need to understand their progress. Using real world examples from some of the world’s largest software teams, this technical session will evaluate the new best practices that software development leaders are leveraging in order to get insights into their progress in real time, identify the blockers that are holding their team back, and secure the information they need to ensure they are helping their team to be their best.