Scaling Agile for the Enterprise: Leadership

4 February 2016, KBC Bank Brussels, Belgium

“Agile communities are everywhere, due to the immense growth of organizations adopting the Agile philosophy. I guess this growth continues as the market is struggling with traditional problems such as unhappy end users and business stakeholders, and not to mention the enduring struggle to manage time, money and the number of time boxes or sprints in projects. So the need to share best practices on Agile stays and keeps us and other Agile initiatives motivated to work together. This is where Agile has its roots, sharing and innovating.”– Arie van Bennekum, Co-Author of the Agile Manifesto, Chair of the Agile Consortium International

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Background:

With this immense growth of organisations adopting the Agile philosophy, more and more organisations realise that Agile’s focus on team delivery alone is not enough.  Many of these Agile teams are  trying to extend the boundaries of the organisational culture  but are facing resistance in  bringing about this change.

To overcome these barriers to a sustainable Agile adoption, organisations need new leaders.  Leaders that have the skills and practices to create an Agile environment for self-organising teams to do their job.

At this second year of the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise conference we will bring together stalwart thought leaders on Agile Leadership like Jurgen Appelo, Christopher Avery, Jenni Jepsen, Dave Snowden , Dan North  and other  speakers to show how to change the company culture . You will discover what is needed to create an Agile environment and what type of leadership styles are best suited to make the Agile mind set thrive in your organisation.

Join us and be inspired to boost the Agile mind set in your organisation!

Programme

  • 09:00 -

    Welcome

  • 09:15 - 09:55
    dsnow

    Context is everything

    Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive edge

    Expanding on his multi-awardwinning HBR article A Leaders Guide to Decision Making Snowden will debunk the idea that there is one model of leadership or one form of culture that will support Agile and agility across the organisation. Context determines practice and Agile leadership (both individually and collectively) has to adopt different modes of decision making and direction in different situations. He will argue for pragmatic models of change that focus on understanding the evolutionary potential of the present in order to identify when and how to nudge organisational culture to a point where support for Agile is sustainable and avoid it being seen as yet another management driven fad. Building on work for the development and government sector world-wide on how to scale success in a complex and uncertain world he will identify some of the key steps needed to genuinely scale Agile methods across the organisation and its various stakeholders.

    Speakers:
    dsnow

    Dave Snowden

  • 10:05 - 10:45
    dnorth

    Track A: Business Mapping: Building an agile organisation

    Dan North, Dan North Associates

    So those expensive consultants helped you roll out an agile method like Scrum or DSDM across a number of teams, and if we’re honest the results have been mixed at best. Some people “get it”, some are just doing what they always did but dressing it up in the new terms, others are actively disengaged. The business stakeholders are getting fed up hearing teams tell them “We’re agile so we don’t do dates” or “You’ll get it when it’s ready”, and your senior management are on your back about governance and assurance. This doesn’t sound like the dream they sold you!

    The problem is that an agile organisation needs to think and act differently, and that agile methods are only part of the story. Each organisation is different and any change on this scale is going to have to adapt to emerging conditions. How can your organisation get the predictability it wants for planning and budgeting, and still benefit from the rich feedback of iterative agile delivery? And how can your staff develop and build a career in a flat organisation?

    Dan North thinks the answer might lie in the emerging areas of Business Mapping and Skills Liquidity. Combining your business strategy with the abilities and aspirations of your people can create a rich landscape of options for achieving genuine business agility, and lead to rich collaboration between business and technical stakeholders. And yes, we do do dates!

    Speakers:
    dnorth

    Dan North

  • 10:05 - 10:45
    jjepsen

    Track B: Your brain on Agile

    Jenni Jepsen, Partner, goAgile

    Agile works to deliver the right product faster and to increase people’s motivation. Enhancing communication and collaboration are critical to the process. But often there’s push-back from management about not having the resources to spend on these “nice-to-have, soft skills.” What if we could prove these skills are the reason we can reap the benefits of Agile and create lasting change? Jenni Jepsen found the proof – hard scientific proof – about why things like having the overview and ownership work to make us feel more intrinsically rewarded. Jenni shares the neuro-scientific evidence of why Agile works – a far more accurate view of human nature based on breakthroughs in how our brains function, how we are motivated,and how to create lasting change.

    Speakers:
    jjepsen

    Jenni Jepsen

  • 10:45 - 11:10

    COFFEE

  • 11:10 - 11:50
    cavery

    Lead Yourself First

    Christopher Avery,CEO, Partnerwerks

    Do you follow—truly follow—anyone who isn't demonstrating responsibility in order to produce results that matter in their own life? Likely not. Leading others starts with leading yourself. In this conversation from the stage we'll look at three keys for self-leadership that you can apply every day to realize increasing degrees of freedom, choice, and power. And we'll bring The Responsibility Process to life as we practice the keys.

    Speakers:
    cavery

    Christopher Avery

  • 11:50 - 12:50

    Lunch

  • 12:50 - 13:30
    christinew

    Leadership Capacities and Insights from a Theory U Perspective

    Christine Wank, International Facilitator, Trainer, Coach and Founder of Facilitate U and Senior Facilitator and Leadership Coach of the Presencing Institute

    How can we lead from an emerging future and leave the old patterns of the past behind? What kind of leadership capacities do we need in order to bring forward necessary innovation and change in business, society and ourselves? How can we use our selves as leadership tool in addressing more effectively the challenges of our time?

    Christine will invite you on a journey of collective discovery where the approach of Theory U can offer a fresh perspective on how to navigate through complexity while bringing forward deep transformational change. She will share with you insights and inspirations from working with Theory U with leaders and organisations across all sectors for more than 10 years.

    Speakers:
    christinew

    Christine Wank

  • 13:40 - 14:20
    tony-Grout

    Track A: The Laws of Physics Change At Scale

    Tony Grout, Head of Agile Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

    What are the three lessons I would share with my less experienced self faced with the inertia of moving an organisation that has no choice but to deal with its huge scale? Tony shares the notes he has written on the inside of his notebook, the ones he looks at every day before he starts helping organisations with thousands of engineers free themselves up to deliver exceptional value.

    Speakers:
    tony-Grout

    Tony Grout

  • 13:40 - 14:20
    bernste

    Track B: The changing Role of the CIO on the way to corporate agility

    Bernhard Sterchi, Managing Partner of Palladio Trusted Advisers and Member of Agility Board

    The world of IT is being hit by Agile like the post-war beaches have been hit by the bikini. While there is a spread between self-conscious adopters and fervent opponents, the general opinion is that, although a bit scandalous, it is here to stay, and that in many respects it is better than the old ways.

    However, if you leave the field of Agile IT and look at the agility of companies, you see much more confusion. Many feel that they need better answers to face the VUCA reality (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). Industry 4.0 is trying out new ways of production. Teal, Holacracy, Connected Company and the like propose new ways of engaging people in organisations. While they are addressing similar issues, they are definitely talking different languages.

    So who could be the interpreter? With the transformation of the CIO's role from a manager of a cost center to one of the main drivers of the business model, we believe that translating between the various perspectives becomes part of his job description.

    In this session we are going to explore how such a translation could look like, and how it makes sense to the different parties at the table. We propose a generic version of an agile leadership model, and show how it bridges the gap between Agile IT and agile non-IT contexts.

    Speakers:
    bernste

    Bernhard Sterchi

  • 14:20 - 14:50

    Tea / coffee break

  • 14:50 - 15:30
    gzondervan

    Track A: Agile Leadership, does it exist?

    Gideon Zondervan, Agile Coach

    With agile becoming mainstream in most IT delivery organizations and the adjective popping up everywhere else, there is a need for a new style of leadership.

    Without a new leadership style becoming endemic in the organization, most agile change initiatives will fail to fulfill their promise.

    Dubbed “agile leadership”, during this talk we will investigate if such a thing even exists and if it does, what it is made of.

    Like most organizations embarking on the road to agile today, the organizations the speaker experienced, were coming from a culture and way of working that was completely opposed to the behaviour and values of agile. Using leadership concepts and comparing them with real experiences from the office floor, we get in deep with meaningful change and what works or, obviously, didn’t work. We will be discussing subjects like: changing a company culture, setting a vision for the future, engaging in meaningful dialogue and unblocking the daily change, with anecdotes and personal stories of success or outright failure. Having full and personal disclosure allows us to dig deep into this exciting subject and shows us that no matter how hard, change can happen and that sometimes our greatest mistakes form the seed for eventual success.

    Speakers:
    gzondervan

    Gideon Zondervan

  • 14:50 - 15:30
    christinew

    Track B: Workshop: Exploring Key Capacities for Facilitating and Leading from an Emerging Future

    Christine Wank, International Facilitator, Trainer, Coach and Founder of Facilitate U and Senior Facilitator and Leadership Coach of the Presencing Institute

    In this workshop you will get the opportunity to explore key leadership capacities for yourself in leading from an emerging future. This workshop focusses less on methods and external tools but rather on exploring yourself such as your awareness, attitude and the quality of your presence as the main leadership and change tool for facilitating profound change and innovation.

    Speakers:
    christinew

    Christine Wank

  • 15:40 - 16:20
    jappelo

    Managing for Happiness

    JurgenAppelo, CEO, Happy Melly

    The research is clear: happy workers are more productive workers. And it’s best when managers enjoy their jobs as well. Managing for Happiness is about concrete management advice for all workers. Practical things that people can do next Monday morning in order to change the organization’s culture, and make it a happier place to work. This is not only relevant for managers, but for everyone who is concerned about the organization. We create a happier environment by managing ourselves, and lead by example, in an environment focused on experiments and learning.

    How can we inspire workers with a goal? (Answer: start your own work exposition) How can we have a better team culture? (Answer: share your personal maps) How can we address core values? (Answer: start sharing your value stories) All creative workers are expected to be “servant leaders” and “systems thinkers”. In this session, you will learn how you can do that concretely, with a number of inspiring stories and examples. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see.” A happier organization starts with people managing themselves.

    The book Managing for Happiness will be released worldwide by John Wiley & Sons in June 2016 in full colors.

    Speakers:
    jappelo

    Jurgen Appelo

  • 16:20 - 17:00

    Group Discussions

  • 17:00 - 17:10

    Wrap up

  • 17:10 -

    Close of conference and networking with drinks reception

Speakers

jappelo

Jurgen Appelo

Happy Melly

cavery

Christopher Avery

ChristopherAvery.com

tony-Grout

Tony Grout

Lloyds Banking Group

jjepsen

Jenni Jepsen

goAgile

dnorth

Dan North

Dan North & Associates

dsnow

Dave Snowden

Cognitive Edge

bernste

Bernhard Sterchi

christinew

Christine Wank

gzondervan

Gideon Zondervan

Capgemini

Tickets

395 EUR
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Event venue

  • KBC Bank, Herman Teirlinckauditorium, Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussel
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