Essential Patterns of Successful Agile Transformations

Everyone seems to be going agile nowadays. Terms like adoption, migration, business agility and transformation are used to represent the move to agility. And they also imply that the going is easy. Well, that’s not Bob Galen’s experience. In fact, it’s the opposite. Agile transformation, deep and successful organization-wide transformation, is incredibly hard to achieve. One of the greatest challenges is knowing what the path “looks like”.

In this talk, Bob will be sharing patterns they’ve observed from successful agile transformations. We’ll start by examining the journey of agile leadership. What are the central patterns that leaders need to adopt. For example, trust, empowerment, and employee engagement will be explored. Next, we’ll look at organizational factors and tactics for increasing safety and innovation. We’ll also look at transformations at Enterprise-scale and distributed teams to see how to transform those contexts.

This workshop is not for the faint of heart, as transformation is hard. But if you want successfully create a transition to business agility, you’ll leave with tools and a new mindset.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

We'll go through a series of patterns - one set focused on Strategy & Tactics and the other focused on Mindset & Culture. The list appears below, although depending on time, we'll probably prioritize and only cover a subset in each area...

Strategy & Tactics

1.Leadership Champion

2.Agile Transformation Team

3.Understanding the WHY

4.Have an Adoption Strategy

5.Breaking the Organization

6.Organizational Alignment

7.Measurement – You get what you Measure

8.HR Partnership

9.Scaling & Distributed Teams

10.Maturity Assessments

Mindset & Culture

11.Eating your own Dogfood

12.Slowing Down…to Speed Up

13.Storytelling Becomes a Way of Life

14.The Notion of…Safety

15.Trust your Teams

16.Creating Space

17.Embracing the Chaos


19.Empty your Cup


Learning Outcome

  • A set of strategic transformation patterns including leadership focus points, organizational adjustments, and measuring success.
  • An indirect focus on scaling and distributed team success patterns.
  • A shift toward cultural and mindset patterns including creating space, trust, safety, and effective communication via storytelling.

Target Audience

Virtually anyone who is engaged in or anticipating taking on an agile adoption/transformation effort.

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