Stephen McAinsh

Talk Title
Building Trust – Where do you start?

Talk Abstract
In any software development team, a vital ingredient to being successful is trust…

“No quality or characteristic is more important than trust” – Patrick Lencioni, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. 

“Build projects around motivated individuals and trust them to get the job done” – Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

But what is trust? Can we define it? How do we improve it?

This talk will explain a simple and powerful approach to start understanding and building trust within your team, and with others.


Stephen is an agile coach and trainer with Calba.

He started his career as a software engineer in 1980s with Hewlett-Packard who were pioneering new manufacturing techniques, many of which today we term as agile or lean. 

For organisations adopting agile, he is a strong believer in focussing on people and culture before process and tools. A big influence comes from his past experience as a personal development leader in the voluntary sector and international expeditions.

Stephen lives in Edinburgh and started Lean Agile Edinburgh in 2013.

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