For Lasting Change, Take an Agile Approach to Your Agile Transformation!

location_city Washington schedule Oct 15th 04:15 - 05:00 PM place Auditorium people 19 Interested

One of the most difficult challenges faced by an organization entering a large-scale, enterprise transformation is how to achieve lasting change. Oftentimes, leadership will charter an Agile Center of Excellence (COE) in the hopes that training, coaching and publication of best practices will bring the desired change. While these actions typically generate excitement and build early momentum, by themselves they will not change the “DNA” (aka, mindset) of the enterprise. To avoid long-term atrophy of agile benefits, it is critical to charter a COE that is deeply in-tune with the enterprise and able to quickly pivot to meet demand. You need an agile, agile COE.

Join David McMunn and Dan Craig as they discuss their three-year journey driving the Fannie Mae agile transformation. They will review the early days of the transformation (agile pilots, scaling and formation of the COE) and then highlight the critical “tipping points” where the COE had to significantly pivot with regard to focus and services provided. While no two transformations are ever the same, this talk is sure to provide food for thought and give solid examples of an agile approach to an agile transformation.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduce Fannie Mae
    • Who is Fannie Mae and what is our business?
    • Our organization four years ago
  • Our approach to standing up an agile transformation office
    • central control vs. organic evolution
    • defining our services
    • establishing communication channels to portfolios
  • The Results of our approach
    • benefits realized
    • costs accepted
  • Parting Thoughts

Learning Outcome

This talk will provide attendees with:

  • A disciplined approach to setting up an agile COE or transformation office
  • Guidance on establishing enterprise driven standards vs. allowing organic innovation
  • Methods for establishing communication channels into customer agile teams

Target Audience

Organizations entering a large-scale agile transformation that are looking for an approach to standing up a COE or transformation office

Prerequisites for Attendees


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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

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