Leadership Engagement - Philips Scaled Agile Transformation Journey

Philips - SW transformation program is involved in the deployment of (Scaled) Agile framework to enable TTM and Quality in Business from the year 2014. We started with Pilots and then followed with Mass deployments. We have:

  1. 44 Agile Release Trains launched since Aug 2014 and 220 + PI planning sessions completed.
  2. Currently, focusing on System Business with multiple ART’s launched in Systems Business, including 1st ART launch in Philips –China.
  3. 3700+ people engaged in (Scaled) Agile way of working globally and part of ART's and 1300+ are formally certified in Agile and SAFe

We have learned that when engaging, deploying, an important and not-to-be-forgotten first step is to brief Executives and leadership about the approach, changes .This typically takes 4-8 hours, which sounds like a huge investment, but almost always is seen as paying off. Involving Leadership along has been a key element of our Success in our deployment

 
 

Outline/structure of the Session

One of our Key learning and success ingredient in our transformation journey is, when engaging, deploying, an important and not-to-be-forgotten first step is to brief Executives and leadership about :

  1. Servant leadership for Self-governing teams,
  2. Present the ‘Why’ to teams, and leave the 'How'part to teams ( Address positive mssages to the Lumbic system of Brain to enable a direct connect and drive for action)
  3. Moving from Command and Control, ( focus on Decentralized decision making)
  4. Leadership attributes – Trust, courage, standing behind teams and enabling them. Eliminate ‘Fear of Failure’. Jockeying for power pushes the teams down. Collaboration moves them up

This typically takes 4-8 hours, which sounds like a huge investment, but almost always is seen as paying off. Senior management and the executive sessions were received well with positive feedback , resulting in Leadership support for Kick starting ART's

 

Learning Outcome

  • De-centralized decision making - As a first step to decentralize decision making, one should trust in other’s ability to shoulder responsibility in a given situation and make a conscious decision. To enable people to make such decisions, we should transfer accountability baton to the teams - leadership liked this a lot
  • Engage leadership and teams in courageous conversations and explain the Cultural impact of the Change to leadership and teams
  • Focus on long-lived teams with emphasis on stability
  • Trust the team to solve problems and helping them to fish instead of fishing for them. (focus on Systems Agile release trains as example)
  • The ability of the business/enterprise to adopt SAFe principles is greatly affected by its ability to understand the R&R of new roles 

 

Target Audience

Senior Leadership, Agile Coaches, Middle Management, PMO,

Requirements

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schedule Submitted 5 months ago

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  • Guru Thimmapuram
    By Guru Thimmapuram  ~  3 months ago
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    Hi Sundar,

    Kindly include the systems deployment story (challenges and learnings) in your presentation.

    It would be beneficial and a good learning for organizations in systems development arena which is catching up fast.

    Would be there to hear you! :)

    Thank you

    Guru

  • Jutta Eckstein
    By Jutta Eckstein  ~  4 months ago
    reply Reply

    Hi Sundaresan,

    thank you for your proposal. I have a more generic question - do you think you could present this session in a more condensed form in 20min as well?

    Jutta

    • Sundaresan Jagadeesan
      By Sundaresan Jagadeesan  ~  3 months ago
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      Thaks Jutta. Modified the content to suit the 20 mins slot. Thanks - I will bring in the key messages in 6-7 slides, including the System Agile Release trains, whcih many people are looking forward. I have added a link to my recent article in LinkedIN

       

      Best regards,

      Sundaresan

      • Jutta Eckstein
        By Jutta Eckstein  ~  3 months ago
        reply Reply

        Excellent, Sundaresan!

    • Sundaresan Jagadeesan
      By Sundaresan Jagadeesan  ~  4 months ago
      reply Reply

      Thanks Jutta. I can condense and present the key aspects in 20 mins. I have a request though : Over the last 1 year, i have done many webinars and conferences on the SAFe implementation and the volume of questions from the participants on our Philips Journey has been very high and appreciated well. If selected, I would like to have a presentation slot nearer to the Lunch break, so that post the session also, questions and interactions can be handled.

      Best regards,

      Sundaresan

       

      • Jutta Eckstein
        By Jutta Eckstein  ~  3 months ago
        reply Reply

        Thank you Sundaresan!

        Can you please make the according adjustments in your proposal? Which is mainly changing it to a 20min proposal.

        In terms of the scheduling we'll try to consider your request. However, I can't promise at that point. Yet, I think it's an important request.

        Thanks!

        Jutta

  • Ashay Saxena
    By Ashay Saxena  ~  4 months ago
    reply Reply

    Hello Sundaresan,

     

    I attended your presentation this year at Agile India 2016. It would be great, if this time around, you could focus more on new learnings over the ongoing year (2016) and talk about your experiences during this period. You may want to refine the proposal accordingly. 

     

    Regards,

    Ashay

    • Sundaresan Jagadeesan
      By Sundaresan Jagadeesan  ~  4 months ago
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      Thanks Ashay..Defintiely, I will talking about the new learnings espcially in the SAFe for Systems piece ( SW + HW), connecting the Why with the Limbic spehere of the receivers and real life impact on de-centralized decision making

       

      Thanks

  • Palash Gupta, PgMP,PMP, SAFe Agilist
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    Recently got an opportunity to visit Philips and understand their transformation journey and SAFe deployment. It was a wonderful experience to witness the continuous and structured efforts from Sunderasan and his team to achieve a high level of maturity in Scale Agile deployment.

     

    Best part of the day was to experience that not only the coaches and champions but all the practitioners speaking the same language of Lean Agile philosophy. I believe all of them are playing the role of internal change agents.

     

    Though it is always a challenge to establish the cause and effect relationship in transformational journey and to attribute business success to the new initiatives, I wish Philips a very good business results coming out of this initiative for the encouragement of all of us.  

     

  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  4 months ago
    reply Reply

    I would really love to hear more about the impact of any transformation initiatives. From what you describe, it seems like a huge and complex endeavor going on since 2+ years. It would be great to showcase some of the quantifiable results - be it employee engagement, or CSAT or marketplace metrics or leadership deliverables - so that we can understand how the efforts are leading to desired organizational objectives and business results. 

    • Sundaresan Jagadeesan
      By Sundaresan Jagadeesan  ~  4 months ago
      reply Reply

      Dear Tathagat,

       

      Thaks for the inputs. I will cover these parts as part of my slides which is under preparation. Points noted and very valid

       

      Br/Sundaresan

  • Rahul Ganjoo
    By Rahul Ganjoo  ~  4 months ago
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    Thanks for the submission - It would be great to hear about your journey. Since you have a plethora of content to cover and limited time, may I suggest taking 2-3 hardest challenges and going deeper? Topics like "Scrum explained" etc can be skipped as those are pretty basic. Deeper dives into coaching leaders to decentralize decision making and be comfortable with lack of control are a lot more harder in my experience and we can benefit from more practitioner's insights on those. 

    • Sundaresan Jagadeesan
      By Sundaresan Jagadeesan  ~  4 months ago
      reply Reply

      Dear Rahul, thanks for the suggestions. Definitely, we will deep dive into aspects like "Decentralized decision making, Hiw to communicate the"'why part to the Limbic part of receiving individula etc" - 'I have listed the topics we cover with our leadership to give an entire view to the audience. We can always tune it to the needs of the receivers and focus on specific parts

      Thaks once again

       

  • Shruti Mishra
    By Shruti Mishra  ~  5 months ago
    reply Reply

    Great insight and proposal !!

  • Praveen Kumar Baskaran, PMP®,CSM®,
    reply Reply

    Sundar's Excellent support helped us during our transformation to SAFe. Thanks a lot !!!


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