Rethinking Agile – Why Agile Teams Have Nothing To Do With Business Agility

Bio: Dr. Klaus Leopold is a Kanban pioneer and worldwide one of the most experienced and successful lean and agile experts for knowledge work. He provides consulting for global companies on implementing Flight Levels and Kanban, the change processes associated with these and optimizing their value creation.

Abstract: In this talk, I discuss an agile transition where approximately 600 people were involved. The goal was to shorten the time-to-market for initiatives to be able to respond to customer needs more quickly and, as such, improve business agility. In order to achieve this, a reorganization was carried out. Cross-functional teams were constructed so knowledge needed for development is fully available within the team. In addition, the teams were categorized according to product in order to remove any dependencies. Visualization of the work, Standup meetings and Retrospectives made the agile transition complete—except for the expected improvements. In this session, I share what we did to improve the situation and reach the goal of “more business agility”. I also show how you can approach an agile transition of this size, so you can avoid the issue of no improvements being seen. This much I can tell you in advance: do not start at the team level—it will save not only your nerves, but also a lot of money!

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Agile Leadership as an Everywhere Phenomenon: Leadership from the Inside Out with Michael Hamman

Abstract:

As seasoned Agilists of all stripes are finding, the biggest challenges with agility revolve not so much around its outer aspects—its processes, practices, deliverables, and business outcomes—but around the sensemaking, communication, and relationship intelligence of an organization’s people: its inner aspects. This is where we find the characteristically human problems of resistance, conflict, communication breakdowns, broken promises, people going through the motions with little passion or conviction, deteriorating product quality, managers micro-managing—the world, that is, of mindset and culture—the world of inner agility.

In this session we will discover what executive coaching, leadership development and adult development can teach us about the nature of inner agility, why it is so key to the growing of a vibrant and sustained outer agility, and how we can be deliberate about facilitating its growth.

Speaker’s Bio:

Michael Hamman guides organizational leaders toward greater holistic team and enterprise-level agility, primarily by helping them grow their inner capacity for leadership agility in the face of the complexity, volatility, and ambiguity of 21st century life and business. Among the first to bring Agile coaching into the corporate environment back in 2004, Michael has coached dozens of Fortune 500 companies, leaders and teams toward greater holistic team and enterprise-level agility. He is author of Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the Inside Out and is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Agile Leadership Institute. He currently lives with his wife, Susanne in Taos, NewMexico.