Applying Agile Change – 5 things you need to know

“The Agile mindset isn't just gained with learning, but unlearning years of current practice”

Everyone wants to do agile but how often do they get it right? The real learning curve is how to ensure the approach sticks through behaviour and mindset shift in the organization and leadership.

We commonly see organizations limit themselves to agile by focusing on software delivery through techniques such as Scrum or Kanban; failing to recognize the importance of the rest of the organization must fundamentally shift their culture. But how can an individual help their organization through this journey?

In this session, we will show how agile is not something you do, but it’s what you embody through 5 key shifts. You will learn how to successfully implement agile while remaining relevant, responsive, and successful in today’s rapidly evolving business world.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Part A: Anecdotes and a high-level overview on agile cultural shifts

  • Begin with an overview of the session and objectives. (5 mins)
  • Exercise 1: At your tables, answer the following questions: (5 mins)
    1. Was there a time when your organization experienced significant cultural change?
    2. How did you organization adapt and embrace the change?

Part B: How to enable the shift and 5 key things you must know

  • Share a brief overview of approach / methodology to enabling agile change in organizations. (5 mins)
  • Introduce the 5 key learnings from enabling agile and cultural shifts. Use a case study to illustrate throughout (15 mins)
    1. Experimentation and Ability to Deal with Ambiguity
    2. Direction & Clear Sense of Purpose
    3. Empowered Execution and Autonomy
    4. Elicit forums for new insight / feedback
    5. Collaboration and Cross-Team Strengths
  • Exercise 2 – Pick one of the key learnings and determine what you can do to enable in your organization. Pick the top three approaches at each table and summarize to the group (10 mins)
  • Q&A + Recap and close the session (5 mins)

Learning Outcome

  • How to apply agile change principles and practices to drive mindset and culture shift
  • How to support your organization in this transformation

Target Audience

Business Leaders, Technology Leaders, Leaders of change management programs, change managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Attendees would have an understanding of agile basics, change management, and have experienced an agile transformation in their organization.

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