Do you want to understand the biggest, yet least discussed, an impediment in the way of Digital Transformation? An impediment so large it affects not only the ability of your digital teams to deliver effectively but also the competitive ability of your company.

Just like fish cannot see water, many of us cannot see the true and deep impact that traditional corporate governance has on our digital programs.

This presentation explores how, with the arrival of start-up ‘Disruptors’, a revolutionary change to the way we do governance must begin right now. The effect of these disruptors is seismic. ‘Your margin is my opportunity’ says Jeff Bezos and now every company needs the ability to deliver FASTER but at the same time they must stick to higher measures of governance SAFETY.

Those companies who cannot see, or do not change, will stagnate and fail. But those who recognise the threat will have stronger leaner governance and highly effective Agile programs.

This presentation spells out the urgency for a new approach and explains how to build a governance structure within any size organisation that provides both transparency and data. Let me share my experience and research into how to make and sustain the changes needed to bring buoyancy to Agile programs.

Outline of the Presentation

  • Attendees will be alerted to the risks posed by traditional governance.
  • They will be shown how to build an Agile governance structure within any size of regulated industry.
  • The stress is on transparency and data.
  • A hand drawn infographic will be created during the talk
  • The 'Presentation Poster' will be available for photographs at the end of the presentation and then again used as an ‘Information Radiator’ in the conference main gathering area.
  • Unique slides - The session slides are hand drawn and unique which is a key contributor to maintaining audience engagement.
  • The presentation style is tested. A previous iteration has been checked both for content and quality. The principals of the argument have been reviewed by industry experts and has evolved to be regarded as of ‘enormous value’ at the CIO Summit Sydney and it was invited to tour the country in "Agile Encore" after Agile Australia 2017.

Attendees will:

  1. Understand how Corporate Governance is the biggest single impediment to hit the Digital industry.
  2. Appreciate how we have reached this juncture
  3. Learn why Regulatory Governance safety levels are moving from 95% to 99.99%
  4. Understand how the arrival of startup ‘Disruptors’ is seismic shift to our ‘ways of working’
  5. Understand how the very structures of Governance we have built to protect us will, if unchanged, be the very structures that threaten us.
  6. Be convinced of the need for change now.
  7. Receive a roadmap, top tips and a ‘call to action’.
  8. They will learn how they can prepare, work and succeed with the governance battles ahead


The session has two facilitators, Marty Ruckert and Stuart Mitchell. Marty will be creating an Infographic of the presentation and Stuart will be talking.

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Outline/structure of the Session

1) Introduction; (6min)

What Corporate Governance is

Why Corporate Governance is essential

2) Why we are, where we are! (3min)

The Towers built to stop failing Projects

Heavyweight Governance for heavyweight projects


3) Revolution; (8min)

The Seismic Change

Startup Disruptors are here ‘Your Margin is my opportunity’ Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

4) Evolution; (8min)

Pathway to changes that need to be made

Why status quo is no longer a choice


5) Evidence; (6min)

Why status quo is no longer a choice

Paying the Agile tax

What future Agile Corporate Governance structures look like

How corporate governance can become part of your Agile DNA


6) Summary and Q&A; (14min)

Agile Corporate Governance – ‘How to Cook Book’

Top 6 Predictions

Call to Action


Learning Outcome

Attendees will:

1. Appreciate the challenges of company governance

2. Understand how Agile's Corporate Governance processes work

3. Learn why governance has to be respected and the ways it can be most effectively managed with Digital

4. Understand how governance is planning to move from 95% to 99.99% safety within 2yrs ... and what that means for our work

5. Be instructed on how to prepare, work with and succeed with the governance battles ahead

Each attendee will receive the Agile Governance ebook from the UK National Audit Office (which is full of case studies and suggestions).

Target Audience

Agile coaches, senior leaders in the organization, managers, scrum masters, developers etc.


Participants should have some knowledge of Agile implementation.

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