Defining Agile as an Organisational Capability

location_city Melbourne schedule Jun 29th 03:30 - 03:50 PM place  EN 405 (C40) people 63 Interested

In workshops I’ve run over the last year, I’ve learned that agile, as a word, can mean different things to project and change people, at times also confusing them.

Defining agile as a capability demystifies the word and helps us understand what it actually means for organisations, teams and individuals. Agility, or agile, is not a methodology; it’s a mindset, along with set of behaviours and practices.

To be agile is a mindset and a skill set.

For an organisation to become agile, it needs people who are agile in their thinking, their actions and in their practices.  

It’s time to make sense of what agile/Agile really means, and identify what change leaders and practitioners can do to create and support an agile environment. This talk will provide a snapshot of what this means.




Outline/Structure of the Talk

1. Introduction to the model, the definition of the capability and why it's needed - 3 minutes

2. Agile mindset - 5 minutes

3. Agile behaviours - 5 minutes

4. Agile practices - 4 minutes

5. Wrap up - so what, now what? How would you make the change stick? 3 minutes


Learning Outcome

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • define agile as a capability
  • identify the characteristics of an agile mindset
  • identify collaborative practices and new ways of working, that are aligned behaviours

Target Audience

Leaders, practitioners in org development, human resources & change management, project managers/scrum masters

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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    The infographics associated with frameworks (whether SAFe, LeSS or DaD, Nexus) are always drawn with the best of intent but how they are applied is where things can run contrary to agile principles.

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    Niall will also present his approach to using frameworks including when and how to "let go" of ceremonies/practices when they become redundant.

    Lastly, a coaching approach will be presented to enable coaches to leverage the best of what frameworks offer without getting caught up in dogma.

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    20 Mins

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    Using his real experience as the basis for the presentation, Niall will make the case for moving past SAFe and going to the heart of scaled Agile using Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS).