"Got funding for an idea? Great let’s set up a team" is an all too familiar path that many organisations follow. They may even "tinker" with agile and set up "agile teams" however continue to build their operations around 'project funding" and siloed structural hierarchies with complex governance at the apex from which decisions flow down the hierarchy. As the lessons of COVID pandemic of the last year has highlighted, organisations are quickly coming face to face with the reality that what may have helped them be successful in the past, may not serve them now. A new strategy is needed.

Never before have organisations been faced with such pressure to deliver new products to market quickly, to not just grow, but to survive. To adapt and change to meet constant changing market conditions organisations have found that they are not organised to "win" and need to rethink how they approach setting up their organisations. Moving from a project to a product-based model is vital for their business agility as a more modern way of operating is needed that links strategy to the detailed organisational design.

Mia will look at the elements of an operating model that helps organisations move away from traditional project-based model with its associated rigid organisational structure, to one that is product based and shifts the focus from deliverables to value. This session will discussion how an agile operating model will help you achieve this and will examine a blueprint for changing. The topic will cover the 6 elements in an agile operating model including: accountability, structure, governance, talent, metrics and behavioural expectations and show how these elements all work together as a bridge between strategy and operations.


Outline/Structure of the Tutorial

Introduction and why we need a new way of operating in today's environment - 5 mins
What is the difference between project and product-based approaches - 5 mins
What is an agile operating model? - 5 mins
Agile operating model blueprint and key elements - 10 mins
Summary and conclusions - 5 mins

Learning Outcome

Understand the difference between project and product-based management
Understand the elements of an operating model and how to apply these elements to your organisational design
Understand if your operating model is working effectively

Target Audience

Product owners, project managers, Business leaders, product managers, senior managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Understanding of Agile principles 


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  • Matthew Hodgson

    Matthew Hodgson / Mia Horrigan - Measuring agility: Data analytics from psychology to grow your teams agility at scale

    45 Mins

    How do you know if you’re really agile? Like predicting the weather, complex human systems need data analytics and statistical models over simple reporting, to understand what creates business agility from human behaviour. This is the world of psychology, statistics, human behaviour models. It’s how medicine predicts if you have factors that predict heart attacks or if children are likely to have developmental delay. It’s time to apply this to agile teams to growing a true agile mindset.

    This talk looks at the psychology of human behaviour and data analytics to provide a playbook for measuring and improve an agile mindset in teams to underpin true business agility. It looks at 10 years of longitudinal data, both from software and non-software agile teams, and large scale agile transformation initiatives, and the model that’s now been produced to help coaches and the enterprise become more agile.