location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 15th 03:00 - 03:20 PM place Sigma

We have been discussing a lot regarding Agile transformations and how such transformations can help organizations. The key is to base such a transformation on the concepts of agility such as self-organization, intrinsic motivation, collaboration, etc. But still the puzzle of how those can be used in practice is less discussed. This is where the emerging concept of "Learning Organization" from Peter Senge can help a lot.

The five disciplines of a Learning Organization lies in the heart of an agile organization. Therefore, exploring the learning organization within agile organization aids us find the "truly" agile organization.

This is an experience report of a journey where a mid-size offshore software development organization moving towards to become a learning organization.  

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

Introducing learning organization (5 mins)

  • What is a learning organization & five disciplines of a learning organization

The journey towards the learning organization (10 mins)

  • Why this journey started?
  • Approach & learning from the transformation 
  • Challenges & way forward

Discussion (5 mins)

  • Discussion
  • Q&A

Learning Outcome

The main learning outcomes are

  • Understanding of the concept of a "Learning Organization" & five disciplines of it
  • Why an organization should be transformed to a learning organization
  • Approaches to transform an organization to a learning organization
  • Can the learning be applied to your organization?

Target Audience

Managers, team leads & any one who is leading in any sense

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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