Agile + DevOps West 2021 Concurrent Session : Advancing Agile Software Development using Machine Learning


Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Advancing Agile Software Development using Machine Learning

Machine learning is everywhere from self driving cars to smart speakers that act as our personal voice controlled assistants. If you are related to tech industry, you have likely heard about machine learning. I'm not here to tell you what machine learning is but to propose a potential use case for it, something you may or may not have thought about. That use case is Advancing Agile. I am going to leave you with a hypothesis that Machine Learning can be used to advance this software development methodology that we call Agile and can bring about efficiencies that are otherwise challenging to achieve and maybe even impossible by human standards. I hope that you will be able to take this hypothesis and explore more on your own as you continue to foster Agile in your respective organizations. In this session, I will talk about how machine learning can be incorporated into day to day activities that are our teams perform, including Agile ceremonies, metrics and virtually everything else. The session will also cover why it makes sense to combine Machine Learning with Agile and finally I will provide some real-world kick-starter examples that participants can take back and apply. I look forward to an interactive and fun-filled session at Agile + DevOps West.

Capital One

Bharat Nagpal is a senior technology manager at Capital One, Chicago. Bharat is well known for creating high-performing teams and for his ability to lead through influence, mentorship, and transparency. During his tenure at the company, he has led several technology transformation projects. More recently, Bharat has developed extensive interest in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He has worked with his teams to incorporate machine learning into customer experience, better detection of faults etc. One area that he is especially interested in, is automation of agile metrics and improvement of teams' "Agile health". He has experimented with applying machine learning to achieve these important goals and learned significantly from the same. Previously, Bharat worked at Discover, Sears, and IBM in various technology leadership roles. Bharat holds a master's degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from University of Chicago.