location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 20th 04:15 - 05:00 PM IST place Jupiter people 52 Interested

As organizations commence their journey towards better business agility one of the key factors that determines the success of such an initiative is whether there is strong and meaningful ongoing coaching of teams and leadership.

To accomplish that, it is critical that organizations realize early-on that continuous improvement and success can be enabled, encouraged, and assisted by a robust agile coaching team, one that can help them transcend the mundane and help achieve extraordinary results.

At IHS Markit we have created a highly effective, empowered, and deeply impactful agile coaching team that works across silos to enable the organization to take firm and confident steps towards better business agility.

We have seen undeniably great results that are clear and measurable with this approach, and wish to share the story of this extraordinary team and their phenomenal contributions towards successfully initiating and advancing business agility across the organization.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Introductions; a quick survey - show of hands (5 mins)
  2. A quick introduction to IHS Markit and its agile transformation journey so far - with the challenges that we faced (5 mins)
  3. How we realized that a strong agile coaching team can help initiate and sustain business agility (5 mins)
  4. How we created a high-performing coaching team (5 mins)
    1. The co-presenter, Laxmana Settipalli, will briefly share his experiences on the coaching team, while the main presenter (Sesh) will discuss the aspects around creating the team (5 mins)
  5. How the team enabled and contributed to business agility across silos (success stories) (8 mins)
    1. The co-presenter, Laxmana Settipalli, will narrate one such story ("Updraft"), while the main presenter (Sesh) will delve into others (5 mins)
  6. How the coaching team is now enabling business agility in non-software areas (e.g. HR, Sales, Customer Care) (5 mins)
  7. Key takeaways (3 mins)

Learning Outcome

Participants will take away with them the following practical learnings:

1. Why (and how to) create and sustain an internal, high-performing agile coaching team

2. How such a team can initiate and accelerate your business agility

3. How the coaching team can also help inject business agility into non-software domains (e.g. HR, Sales, Customer Care, etc.)

Target Audience

R&D/IT and business leaders at all levels, change agents, Agile Coaches/Scrum Masters

Prerequisites for Attendees

No specific prerequisite is needed; attendees must bring with them an open mind



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