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The Power of Emotional Intelligence - A Key Success Factor for Agile Teams

Emotional Intelligence is one of the most interesting and significant topic that is related to all of us. Since trust, transparency, commitment, collaboration and respect are the pillars of agile, it is important to understand how it is helpful in enhancing these values in Agile teams.

Emotional Intelligence(EI) is a soft skill that confers significant benefits to organizations by positively influencing team performance. Gone are the days when individuals and teams operated in silos which limited the requirement of this crucial soft skill. In today’s dynamic and connected world (cross functional/cultural teams), Emotional Intelligence has become an essential requirement and has emerged as a key differentiator and a success factor. 

Successful Agile teams will have to be self-aware, manage oneself better and embrace social awareness and relationship management. These attributes of Emotional Intelligence will help drive teamwork, enhance communication, help them become an influencer and be an effective leader.

Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

Speakers Profile

Umme Kulsum and Nagini Chandramouli

Speakers Profile

Umme Kulsum is an Agile Coach, Agile Practitioner and performance driven IT professional with consistent experience around transforming and managing co-located and distributed agile teams.
She has extensive experience in IT and Business Consulting and as an enterprise coach over 15+ years of experience primarily in Banking, Manufacturing, supply chain management and Product development. Experience in coaching and mentoring the business and IT groups as well as hundreds of teams from an Agile standpoint. She has experience in helping organizations undergo Agile transformations using various scaling frameworks like SAFe, LeSS etc.
She is currently working as an Agile Coach at Bank of America Continuum , Hyderabad. She has a Bachelor’s degree in IT from Osmania University and is CSM, SAFe SA certified. She has been actively participating in the organizational activities and contributes back to the community through philanthrophic activities.
Nagini Chandramouli is an Agile Coach, Management Consultant & Program Manager with strong leadership track record in creating, leading, and managing distributed Agile teams.
She worked in various leadership roles over past 20+ years as Agile PM, Servant Leader, Business Leader fortified with experience primarily in Industry segments such as Banking, Intellectual Property Management, Utilities, Knowledge Management, Intellectual Property Rights, Business Process Modelling, Disaster Management , Product Development, Operational Excellence, Policy Enforcement, Risk.
Currently working as an agile coach at Bank of America Continuum, Chennai, she has degrees in Public Personnel Management from Osmania University and Mathematics from Nagarjuna University and SASM, CSP, KMP, SAFe SA, ICP ACC, LeSS Basics, PMI-ACP, PMP, certified. She facilitates/volunteers with various organizations and speaks on public platforms along with change leaders and project management professionals. She was associated with PMI Pearl City Chapter for more than 9 years and was a VP.

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