In order to achieve business Agility, Agile has to be applied in a certain context. You have to be able to form the right kinds of teams, build the right kinds of backlogs, and produce working, tested increments of product. The problem is that this context doesn’t exist in larger, more complex enterprises. Most companies are falling short when they try to scale Agile because they lack the proper buy-in from leadership, they lack the ecosystem in which Agile can be successful, and they don’t know how to orchestrate the type of change that’s required of organizations that are attempting to adopt Agile. Just because you have the roles, ceremonies, and artifacts of Scrum in place. Doesn’t mean you’ll automatically begin reaping the benefits of Agile. So, what’s needed isn’t more Scrum, more XP, more SAFe. What’s needed is a plan. A plan to do more than simply teach people Agile. If you want your Transformation to be sustainable, you’re going to need to find a way to systematically overcome the structural, procedural, and cultural barriers that get in the way of Transformation. You’ll need a structured, disciplined Agile Transformation.

In this talk, Mike breaks down what a structured, and disciplined Agile Transformation actually look like. He’ll discuss why organizations want to Transform, what actually needs to be Transformed, how change will be orchestrated, and who’s responsible for the orchestration of change.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Mike uses a mixture of personality and artifacts to engage his audience. Between storytelling and anecdotes, Mike attempts to create a sense of shared experience, and encourages the audience to participate by surveying the room, and asking for a show of hands. On occasion, Mike will also field questions from the audience—time permitting. Additionally, a lot of effort has been put into Mike’s deck, and it’s corresponding white paper. These two artifacts give the audience a way to keep the info fresh in their mind, and adds another layer of context once the talk is over.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn about the economic rationale behind going Agile, the considerations that will drive your organization’s change approach, what the fundamentals of an Agile ecosystem look like, and the organizational patterns, governance models, and metrics necessary to establish that ecosystem. Additionally, those who attend will be better prepared to engage and collaborate with their leadership team to come to a shared understanding of what the desired end state will look like, how to orchestrate the change necessary to achieve the end state, and how to use outcomes-based planning to measure progress.

Target Audience

Agile leaders who are looking for information on how to begin an Agile Transformation or those who have some experience with Agile but are struggling to realize the business value from the work they are doing.

Prerequisites for Attendees


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