As organizations seek out opportunities to streamline processes with Agile, attention must also be given to company culture and the way they evolve as a whole. Agile principles are effectively applied to changing business culture as seamlessly as procedural tasks. In this brief presentation with Acuity’s Rizwan Tanoli, participants will explore how agile principles can be used to decrease time spent in contract negotiations and how to encourage failures for their learning potential. Viewers will learn to focus on what’s emerging in their field and to form new perspectives on planning.


Outline/Structure of the Lightning Talk

In a short 10-minute Lightning Talk, Acuity’s Director of Software Engineering, Rizwan Tanoli will explain agile methods for evolving company culture by:

  • Forming concrete and achievable plans
  • Embracing failure for its learning potential
  • Changing the way organizations hold to deadlines.

Learning Outcome

  • Understand effective planning methodology
  • New approaches to change management
  • Embracing new and emerging opportunities with enthusiasm

Target Audience


Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic Understanding of Agile and change management

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    From your abstract, I can't tell to whom you're pitching your lightning talk or what benefit you're offering them. Will they come away knowing how to change the culture of their whole business? What does that have to do with contract negotiation?

    The abstract is the place where you sell your session to the right prospective attendees. Help them recognize themselves and their situation, and tell them what benefits they'll get by attending. Give them enough information about the content to convince them that they'll get that benefit.

    The three bullet points of content don't help me understand your proposal, either. How will you bring such changes about in a company? How can you possibly describe helping people change in 10 minutes? Without details about the content, I'm unconvinced.

    The outline/structure is the place where you sell your session to the reviewers. Help them recognize that you'll deliver on your abstract. Give them details about the content and the way that you'll present it to convince them that you'll do a good job.

    See also for an independent description of submitting a successful proposal.

    - George, AgileDC Program Chair