7 Habits of Highly Effective Organisations

schedule Mar 15th 10:30 - 11:15 AM place Sigma

Agile has had an unbelievable impact on the way we develop software. But has it really improved the organisations adopting it? Both Nokia and Yahoo were the envy of the Agile community in the early 2000s. Neither of them have really taken over their respective market segments.
There are however a few very effective organisations, some of which have adopted Agile and some of which have not. They are from a diverse set of industries – nursing, tomato processing, banking and gaming, among others. And even though they are very different companies, you can discover patterns. In this session, we will discover what is needed beyond adopting Agile to not just survive, but to thrive in the 21st century.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Why Agile is not enough
  • What makes organisations effective (incl complexity/anti-fragility)
  • 7 Habits
    • Trust People
    • Embrace Failure
    • Be Brutally Honest
    • Create Autonomy at all levels
    • Think Big, Stay Small
    • Simple all the things
    • Relentless Customer Focus
  • Conclusion (It is not about scaling Agile in IT, but scaling agile principles in the entire organisation)

Learning Outcome

This is not so much a learning talk, but more of a changing mindset talk. However there are some interesting take-aways

  • Complex vs Complicated
  • Robustness vs Anti-fragile
  • 7 habits

Target Audience

Execs, Managers, Coaches. Anyone looking to influence their own company

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

Public Feedback

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  • Erwin van der Koogh
    By Erwin van der Koogh  ~  4 years ago
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    I have given this talk at Agile Australia, Agile New Zealand and in a few meet-ups and corporate clients. It is absolutely no problem finishing the talk in 40 minutes. So 45 minutes is going to be no problem at all.

  • Ravi Kumar
    By Ravi Kumar  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Erwin,

    I think this is a pertinent topic that would be of interest to many and I particularly like what you mention in the Conclusion of your Outline/Structure

    >> It is not about scaling Agile in IT, but scaling agile principles in the entire organisation

    Do you think 45 min for discussing the topic will do justice to understanding of all the 3 learning outcomes?