Go Beyond IT and Change Your Whole Company! Business Agility Transformation Brings Big Benefit

“Hey John, we don’t just want to help our customers be Agile, we want our firm to be Agile too.”

These words from our CEO kicked off our journey to transform Sevatec into an Agile company.  Business Agility is still a new idea for companies to embrace and as such, few companies have yet to align with the Agile principles, mindset, and practices.

Agile companies have happier employees, create greater value, make more immediate impact, operate efficiently, continuously improve, and provide a work environment that is motivating and allows employees to feel trusted, empowered, safe, and whole.

This session will include our experience with some of the practices we employed such as Impact mapping • work visualization • experiments • fast feedback loops • continuous improvement • cross-functionality • ChatOps • Communities of Practice • Lean Coffee • value-driven • data-driven • empowerment • and Organizational Change supported by Integral Theory/AQAL, Design Thinking, and Neuroleadership.

Through this session, you will understand what Business Agility is and learn approaches, practices, and tools that provide immediate benefit as well as cultivate the seeds for cultural change.  You will hear stories and see examples of our journey to Business Agility delivered firsthand by members of our business teams such as HR, Finance, Contracts, etc.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

(3 mins) Introduction and Setting the Stage

(32-35 mins including 3 firsthand accounts from our business units)
Through a combination of story-telling and teaching, I will educate the audience on Business Agility and take them on our transformation journey to illustrate the thought processes necessary to determine where to start, how to plan, and how to implement the right set of Agile-related practices, tools, and education to achieve the mindset and culture we believe would propel us into the future.

I will elaborate on:
• why a company would want to adopt Business Agility
• how to create a strategy for adoption – looking through an Integral lens
• practices that drive value, and how to implement them
• mindset and culture, and how to plant the seeds necessary to grow culture, especially regarding changes in our leadership
• addressing organizational structure and communication lines to support the intended culture and outcomes

I will have 3 members from our business units speak for 10-15 mins about aspects of the transformation that meant the most to them, habits they changed, tools they used, practices they adopted, and benefits they gleaned.  I am considering 3 folks from the following group: our CFO, SVP of HR, Director of Finance, Director of Contracts, or our Agile Facilitators over those units.  If you have strong feelings about which roles may resonate most with AgileDC attendees, please reply in a comment to let me know.  Otherwise, I will choose based on who has the most interesting stories to tell.

(7-10 mins) Q&A and wrap-up

Learning Outcome

  • Discover how Business Agility brings the fantastic benefits of Agile principles, mindset, and practices to the company’s internal business units and helps to bring together our IT and Ops teams with our internal business teams
  • Understand the path our company took in its Agile transformation so you can determine your own path
  • Hear about some of the practices we implemented so that you can determine the practices that best fit your company and drive the most value out of your organization
  • Learn how we planted seeds for culture change to grow the organization we needed to properly motivate employees, drive happiness, and create an environment of safety and wholeness
  • See how you can align your business units towards achievement of your most important goals, thereby driving focus to value creation
  • See how Integral Theory/AQAL, Design Thinking, Neuroleadership, and other great areas of thought drive greater success in transformations

Target Audience

C-Suite and business leaders, Transformation Coaches, anyone interested in hearing how a company can be Agile, and the benefits to being so

Prerequisite

No specific prerequisite knowledge is needed. A general awareness of corporate business functions is most helpful though.

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