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23-26th October

Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools

17 years later

 

It is now 17 years after the Agile Manifesto was created. Agile is changing the world. As the rate of change is exponential and complexity is rapidly increasing,  Agile has been proven immensely successful in handling this increased complexity. Still, the first Agile value is often forgotten and there is still an over-optimistic belief that processes, tools, and simplistic or highly rigid frameworks will be successful moving forward.

 

At Agile People we believe that exploring ways of collaboration and interactions between people with different perspectives is the best way to address complexity. This is why we have chosen the theme for this year’s conference. As always we aim to join an as diverse set of participants and speakers as possible. People from IT, Management, HR and other professions and people with different backgrounds from different parts of the world.

 

Join us in exploring how to inspire and develop workplaces that are fit for the future, people and planet!

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Read about the speakers of the 25th

Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick is the author of Amazon bestseller BEYOND EMPOWERMENT: THE AGE OF THE SELF-MANAGED ORGANIZATION and joined Forbes Books in 2017 to write about the future of work. He is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, writer, and educator. Doug is also a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) with the Society for Human Resource Management, and served as a director for the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD), the world’s largest talent development association, with over 40,000 members in 120+ countries.

He played the first season of his business career in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company of Sacramento, California, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller and administrator. He now engages with the Morning Star Self-Management Institute and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management.

He enjoys travel in rough parts of the world and appreciates the perspective he gains from it.

Evan Leybourn

Evan is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and support the next-generation of organisations. Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic – perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. His experience while holding senior leadership and board positions in both private industry and government has driven his work in business agility and he regularly speaks on these topics at local and international industry conferences.

His background in Agile Project Management and Business Intelligence informed his understanding of the need for evidence-based decision making and quantitative analysis, to measure corporate success. As well as writing “Directing the Agile Organisation”, Evan currently consults to the Australian Government in Canberra on Agile project management and governance.

Having specialized in Business Agility over the last 15 years, he has been a senior IT executive and business management consultant in both the public and private sector across Australia and South East Asia. He has a strong record of accomplishment in delivering large agile programmes worth over $30 million and with distributed teams of over 100 people. As an adaptive leader, He is known for getting things done and bringing enthusiasm, energy, and humor to motivate staff to meet corporate objectives.

Fabiola Eyholzer

Fabiola Eyholzer is a pioneer in Lean | Agile People Operations and CEO of Just Leading Solutions LLC, a leading New York-based consultancy for HR and Business Agility. As a seasoned HR Consultant and trusted advisor, Fabiola supports enterprises in building stronger, more responsive and innovative businesses and helps them accelerate their transformation journey by focusing on their key asset: Their people.

In two decades as Management Consultant, she has worked with numerous key players across various industries and countries. Businesses seek her expertise in Enterprise Agility, Human Resources, Compensation & Performance Management, Operations & Processes, and Strategy.

Her job takes her around the globe and she is a regular guest lecturer and speaker at various events and conferences. She has a degree in Business Administration with Majors in Finance & Controlling and an Executive MBA in International Business. She is a certified SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC 4.0) and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Dave Snowden

Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge.  His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy and organizational decision making.  He has pioneered a science-based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge management. He is an editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an Editor in Chief of E:CO.  In 2006 he was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence and in 2007 was appointed to an NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research.

Speed-Speakers

Speed Talks will also take place on the main conference day 25th, and last for about 20 minutes each.

Andrea Darabos
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Andrea Darabos

StrongSuits Ltd

Erik Schön
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Erik Schön

NetEnt

Frida Mangen
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Frida Mangen

DEK

Gary Crawford
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Gary Crawford

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Kenn Coops
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Kenn Coops

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Natalija Hellesø
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Natalija Hellesø

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Shane Hastie
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Shane Hastie

ICAgile

Sonja Blignaut
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Sonja Blignaut

More Beyond

Yusuf Okucu
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Yusuf Okucu

Vistaprint

Read about the Speed-Talks by Clicking the button below!

PROGRAM

See the event schedule below.

23-24th of Oct: Pre-Conference Workshops

This year we are expanding the two main conference days with two pre-conference workshops days. The purpose is to make the conference even more diverse, interesting and novel and to give even more opportunities for learning. We will be adding more pre-conference events as we go.

Note: The ordinary conference ticket does not include the pre-conf tickets. Registration to the pre-conference sessions must be is done separately for each event.

 

25th of Oct: Main Conference Day

As before, on the main conference day, we have a mix of international keynote speakers, speed speakers, panel discussion, coaching corner with speakers and much more. We finish the day with our tradition of Agile Alé and snacks.

 

26th of Oct: Deepening Conference Day

This is the day to go deeper into one of the topics from the main day according to your choice. Choose which one of the keynote speakers you want to participate with to secure your spot. The workshops will be held simultaneously and will be run throughout the entire day. You may change your choice at the conference venue (as long as there is space).

Pre-Conference Workshops

23-24th Oct

Main Conference Day

25th Oct

Deepening Conference Day

26th Oct

SCHEDULE

See the event schedule below.

Agile HR Certification – Day 1

Become one of the first people in the world to hold the ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Talent (ICP-TAL) Certification Regardless if you are an agile coach, a line manager or an HR professional, you need to understand how people strategy and people operations need to change when working in a company embracing the agile value structure. How do performance management, recruitment, learning and development, compensation and benefits and the way we perform employee engagement surveys change? What are the specific skills that we need to use to run an agile transformation from a people perspective? And is there still a need to do succession planning in the future? During the training we cover:

  • Introduction to the agile approach and how it is related to Lean and systems thinking. Why work with agility?
  • What characterizes the agile mindset and how to change the traditional HR processes when we are working with agile values?
  • How should HR adapt work to create maximum value in an agile organization? How should recruitment, performance evaluations and salary discussions look like?
  • What concrete examples are there? How have others done? What works?
  • How can you use agile techniques like Scrum and Kanban for HR?
This is a 2 days course starting at 09:00 in the morning and finishing around 17:00 each day.

2 days

Pia-Maria Thorén & Björn Sandberg

Your course leaders of this 2 days course will be Pia-Maria Thorén, who has 25 years of consultant experience from large Swedish and international companies within HR and leadership. And Björn Sandberg, who  For the past 18 years, he has worked in various positions within Human Resources and has been deeply involved in Agile.

Agile HR Certification – Day 2

Become one of the first people in the world to hold the ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Talent (ICP-TAL) Certification Regardless if you are an agile coach, a line manager or an HR professional, you need to understand how people strategy and people operations need to change when working in a company embracing the agile value structure. How do performance management, recruitment, learning and development, compensation and benefits and the way we perform employee engagement surveys change? What are the specific skills that we need to use to run an agile transformation from a people perspective? And is there still a need to do succession planning in the future? During the training we cover:

  • Introduction to the agile approach and how it is related to Lean and systems thinking. Why work with agility?
  • What characterizes the agile mindset and how to change the traditional HR processes when we are working with agile values?
  • How should HR adapt work to create maximum value in an agile organization? How should recruitment, performance evaluations and salary discussions look like?
  • What concrete examples are there? How have others done? What works?
  • How can you use agile techniques like Scrum and Kanban for HR?
This is a 2 days course starting at 09:00 in the morning and finishing around 17:00 each day.

2 days

Pia-Maria Thorén & Björn Sandberg

Your course leaders of this 2 days course will be Pia-Maria Thorén, who has 25 years of consultant experience from large Swedish and international companies within HR and leadership. And Björn Sandberg, who  For the past 18 years, he has worked in various positions within Human Resources and has been deeply involved in Agile.

Registration

Opening registration - get ready for the main event!

60 min

Welcoming

Introduction to the event!

15 min

Keynote – Doctrine, domesticity and delinquency; returning Agile to the Wild – Dave Snowden

Like many movements over history, Agile started with a great idea whose ideas continue to inspire many people, but the modern equivalent of religious wars, minor splits over doctrine and crass commercialization have compromised those ideas. Is all lost or can we get back the original inspiration of the Agile Manifesto? If Agile is going to move outside of the fields of software development and support to the wider organization what will need to change? In the wild there are only a few variations in canines, but domestication had produced multiple variations, but within those variations aggressive breeding to reinforce differences. The net result is a set of increasingly harmful genetic changes; is the same happening to Agile? How do we avoid this?

45 min

Loke Room

Dave Snowden

Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge.  His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy and organizational decision making.  He has pioneered a science-based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on […]

Morning Coffee

Coffee break

20 min

Keynote – Futurework: Managing Complexity With Simplicity – Doug Kirkpatrick

The talk will explore the lessons learned from the journey of vanguard companies as they unleash the power of organizational self-management. Is it possible to adopt an organizational model linking mission-critical processes to individual stewardship without the need for traditional management and formal hierarchy? Is it possible to slash the direct and indirect costs of bureaucracy? Is it possible to manage great complexity with simple principles? The answer to all of these questions appears to be yes. What you’ll take away:  

  • Learn How to Create a Highly Scalable Enterprise Without Bosses and Titles
  • Learn How to Drive Organizational Agility, Innovation and Resilience through Organizational Self-Management
  • Learn How Organizational Self-Management Can Create Strategic Business Advantage
  • Learn How to Slash the Costs of Management, the Least Efficient Activity of Any Enterprise
  • Learn How to Manage Great Complexity with Great Simplicity

45 min

Loke Room

Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick is the author of Amazon bestseller BEYOND EMPOWERMENT: THE AGE OF THE SELF-MANAGED ORGANIZATION and joined Forbes Books in 2017 to write about the future of work. He is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, writer, and educator. Doug is also a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) with […]

Speed Talk – Let`s empower our employees instead of spoon feeding them – Frida Mangen

Frida will share how she views the culture in Sweden and the world, and especially in our organizations. She will give you her opinion on the difference between psychological safety and a dependency of psychological safety. She will talk about how she at DEK technologies has worked with competence development, feedback and constant learning in relation to psychological safety.

20min

Frida Mangen

Frida Mangen has a degree in HR with focus on behavioral science. With a great interest in the psychology of organizations and society in general, she has a great commitment to Agile HR. Among other things she runs the AgilaHRpodden where she seeks answers to how we within organization, leadership, and HR can be involved […]

Speed Talk – Doing Strategy the Interactive & Flexible Way – Erik Schön

In a world where the rate of change will never be slower than today, our ways of working with strategy need a new strategy. In this session, Erik will attempt to de­mystify strategy by answering the following questions

  • Why do you need strategy in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world ­ and what is it?
  • How do you develop your strategy with speed and flexibility?
  • How do you make your strategy happen with speed and engagement?
This is highly relevant for organizations ­large and small ­that would like to realize their full potential through effective strategies.

20 min

Erik Schön

Hacker turned software researcher turned system engineer; manager turned leader turned navigator, Erik Schön has developed people, products, and, organizations for 20+ years in complex, global R&D environments. Recently, Erik has served 40+ development teams as one of the navigators of a large­scale journey towards more, faster, better & happier in a 2000+ people product […]

Speed Talk – Reimagining Training & Development for an Agile World – Kenn Coops

How do you align Training & Development with an agile Learning Organization? In this talk, Kenn will share how SimCorp, after implementing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), reimagined the basic design of the Training & Development organization to harness the power of the agile principles. Supporting a business where continuous learning and continuous professional development is now an integrated part of how the business is run.

20 min

Kenn Coops

Kenn Coops is the Enterprise Learning Architect at SimCorp. Prior to joining SimCorp Kenn spent 15 years working with organizational learning for companies such as the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group and IBM as well as consulting for a large number of European and global organizations. Kenn recently chaired the Danish Confederation of Industries taskforce […]

Speed Talk – Making Sense of the HR agility landscape – Sonja Blignaut

With the growing need for strategic agility and therefore agile people and support functions, understanding the complex dynamics involved in enabling this shift is a key priority. Metaphorically, we need to shift from a paradigm that creates organizations that are like mechanistic zoos, to ones that are more like resilient jungles, or as Dave Snowden puts it, return Agile to the wild. One thing we do know is that one size doesn’t fit all, there is no recipe for agility that is context independent. We conducted a Sensemaker-based narrative inquiry to understand the current People Agility landscape, to better understand the needs and related responses in different contexts. In this talk, we will share some of the patterns and insights from this study, as well as the implications for those seeking to enable agility beyond IT. Deeper insights will be shared in the Complexity Workshop.

20 min

Sonja Blignaut

Sonja partners with leaders, OD practitioners and other decision­makers to enable responsiveness and strategic agility in organizations. She often engages not as a coach, but as a thinking partner to help leaders make sense of intractable or so­called “wicked problems”. Since 2002 she has been pioneering ideas and tools from complexity theory and narrative practices. […]

Speed Talk – Collaborative Organizational Culture – Shane Hastie

Collaborative organizational culture doesn't just happen, it needs conscious and deliberate design and careful nurturing. In this workshop participants will explore what a collaborative organisational culture is, why it matters and how to deliberately design culture.

Culture is "the way we do things here" rather than anything written or prescribed, so understanding how leadership attitudes and behaviors influence and create organization culture is vitally important to successfully establishing an environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, are engaged and positively contribute to the organization's success.

This session is presented as a series of facilitated conversations drawing out the key aspects of organisational culture and showing how it is influenced by a wide variety of factors including structure, geography, promotion policies and practices, the conversations leaders have, what gets rewarded, ignored or punished, relationships and friendships and a wide variety of other factors.

By the end of the session, the participants will be able to identify the areas they wish to address in their own organizations and will have some resources to help them in their culture design.

20 min

Shane Hastie

Shane Hastie joined ICAgile in 2017 as the Director of Agile Learning Programs. He has oversight in the strategic direction and expansion of ICAgile’s learning programs, including maintaining and extending ICAgile’s learning objectives, providing thought leadership, collaborating with industry experts, and supporting the larger ICAgile community, which includes more than 110 Member Organizations and over […]

Speed Talk – The Case Of Vistaprint – Yusuf Okucu

Over the past few years, Vistaprint has adopted an Agile mindset across the organization including creative, marketing, and even talent teams. In this session we will tell the story of how our Talent + Experience Transformation Team adopted an agile mindset which has shaped our culture and the way we work including:

  • Redefining and building the skills, talent, and expertise needed for our agile talent team
  • How our talent team organizes to deliver on our mission
  • How we drive our employee-centric strategy
  • How we approach our work

20 min

Yusuf Okucu

Yusuf is Turkish-Belgian, is based in Barcelona and has an international background in consulting. He has a strong passion for transforming organizations into workplaces that are better prepared for the future. Yusuf leads Talent + Experience Strategy & Insights Team at Vistaprint. The Talent + Experience team’s goal is to help transform Vistaprint into a […]

Lunch Break

Lunch included in the event ticket.

55 min

Thought leader panel

Panel discussion event with all the keynote speakers

40 min

Speed Talk – How to develop accountability and self-reliance (with practice) – Andrea Darabos

In this session, we will explore how to create a culture where all employees feel accountable and pro-actively are improving, managing their own employee experience. I will share elements of a case study of work done with various senior and middle management leadership teams globally in banking, where we have used various goal setting and visioning practices (OKRs, Harada, A3, TOYOTA KATA and retrospectives) to develop accountability, self-reliance, and confidence in these teams. The secret sauce to developing self-reliance is to start with yourself - so you will have the opportunity to do just that during this session.

Andrea is a lean and agile coach, trainer facilitator and she works with creative, innovative organizations in the technology field on disrupting and improving current ways of working.

20 min

Andrea Darabos

Andrea Darabos is a leadership trainer, facilitator and has recently joined StrongSuits Ltd as CEO. Andrea started her career as a software developer and has worked on many innovative, self-organizing teams before committing herself to be a developer of people first, then business. She has helped coach and facilitate large-scale business transformations across the in […]

Speed Talk – Overcoming weak signals, inattentional blindness and long held assumptions – Gary Crawford

Transformation is fraught with risk; organizations are complex, architecture is politics, and traditional management practices prioritize economic efficiency over responsiveness. A great deal of attention is spent on how teams can become more agile, but how do you, as a leader or manager, evolve yourself and the wider organization to support a generative, performance-oriented culture focused on customer and market responsiveness? How do you detect and interpret the important, but weak signals among the Taylorist noise? How do you overcome your own inattentional blindness? How do you challenge long-held assumptions by you and your colleagues about technology, practice, process, and management? In this talk, Gary will share a learn-by-leading approach to how you can evolve leadership and management styles in your business. You’ll learn how to uncover organizational barriers to agility, build a practice field for your employees and take a new product from idea to market every six weeks.

20 min

Gary Crawford

Gary has been transforming organizations, and reimagining the digital products, services and business models behind them, for over 15 years. He is passionate about creating high-impact digital businesses by increasing customer responsiveness and speed to market. His leadership style builds high-performance teams, and creates the environment to attract, and retain, a new generation of talent […]

Speed Talk – You’re in charge – Rethinking Learning and Collaboration – Natalija Hellesø

In too many companies, learning and collaboration are still very formalized processes and actual value creation is not on top of the outcome list. Given the current challenges and trends - HR, managers, and employees themselves must find pragmatic ways to individualize development approaches and foster a culture of continuous learning. How can relevant competencies be acquired and shared more flexible throughout the company? How can collaborative ways of working and learning be transferred to more traditionally organized functions? How can employees themselves be more in the lead for their own development? In her speed talk, Natalija will share some examples and learnings of companies who implemented agile facilitation or trainer teams along with new communities of practice and other innovative learning formats.

20 min

Natalija Hellesø

HR Professional, Agile Coach, Chance taker! Natalija Hellesø has 8 years of experience in various HR roles within big and medium-sized companies in Germany reaching from project management to leadership development. After experiencing the potential working with innovative and agile methods in people teams, she is driven to inspire more organizations to rethink traditional structures, […]

Keynote – HR as Champion for Individuals & Interactions – Fabiola Eyholzer

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools’ is a key value in the Agile HR manifesto. But what reads like an easy and common-sense ambition turns out to be a challenge for most organizations and their HR. HR is struggling with the ambiguity of delivering value in form of programs that are essentially a series of processes and tools while trying to embrace the new world of work. And with so many transactional activities to keep HR busy, it can be difficult to personalize the employee experience. But we cannot humanize our organizations unless we start advocating individuals and interactions. In this presentation, Fabiola Eyholzer will discuss how HR can help an organization to build connections, engagement, and trust.

45min

Fabiola Eyholzer

Fabiola Eyholzer is a pioneer in Lean | Agile People Operations and CEO of Just Leading Solutions LLC, a leading New York based consultancy for HR and Business Agility. As seasoned HR Consultant and trusted advisor, Fabiola supports enterprises in building stronger, more responsive and innovative businesses and helps them accelerate their transformation journey by […]

Speakers Coffee Corner

Speakers Coffee Corner is a possibility to meet some of our speakers and other experienced people for a shared learning session about Lean & Agile and Leading in a Complex World. The Clinic will be held in the coffee area and is a great opportunity to meet and learn from each other and our speakers. Each meeting will last for 10 minutes and thereafter rotation, but you are of course free to move between the tables as you please and join in the discussions.

55 mins

Keynote – Certain Uncertainty – Evan Leybourn

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before and organizations of every size are struggling to remain relevant in the eyes of their customers. The simple fact that the average lifespan of a company has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century demonstrates that not all organizations are prepared for this new reality. It is only high-performing, adaptable and agile organizations that will leverage, lead and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market. We call this business agility. The problem with a statement like that is that there is no common definition of what business agility means. And that’s actually a good thing. In a dynamic and changing market trying to lock it down will defeat the very advantage it brings. Instead, I want you to start thinking of business agility as the common thread. An adaptable and sustainable narrative that binds & guides, rather than directs, us into the uncertain future. This talk will share the state of business agility around the world. We’ll look at the Domains of Business Agility, interspersed with case studies from 4 multinational organizations in both the banking and utilities sector. What you’ll take away: • Learn the domains of business agility • Learn how to work with Finance and HR to increase agility in your current organization • Learn the how Business Agility is being adopted by organizations around the world

45 min

Loke Room

Evan Leybourn

Evan is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and support the next-generation of organisations. Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic – perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. His experience while holding senior leadership and board positions in both private industry and government […]

Agile Ale

120 min

Deepening Workshop – The Complexity Workshop – Sonja Bilgnaut

Sonja Bilgnaut will go even deeper on the keynote with Dave Snowden from the day before. She describes the workshop as follows: There is a growing awareness that the organizations we work in are more like unpredictable and interconnected ecosystems than predictable machines. In these complex ecosystems, most of our models and “best practices” are no longer effective and managers and decision­makers often find that they are not equipped for this new world of work as the prevailing management paradigms are based on assumptions of linearity, predictability and certainty. The Agile movement has introduced new ways of work that promises a faster, more adaptive response, but it often doesn't reach it’s full potential as organizational governing structures and strategies are mostly still rooted in the mechanistic control paradigm. What is becoming increasingly apparent is that organizations that want to become strategically agile and responsive will need to fundamentally shift not only work practices but also how they think, strategize and organize. In this session, we will explore the nature of complex adaptive systems, and also answer the practical “so what?” questions in terms of what this means for our work practices.

All Day

Saloon C

Sonja Blignaut

Sonja partners with leaders, OD practitioners and other decision­makers to enable responsiveness and strategic agility in organizations. She often engages not as a coach, but as a thinking partner to help leaders make sense of intractable or so­called “wicked problems”. Since 2002 she has been pioneering ideas and tools from complexity theory and narrative practices. […]

Deepening Workshop – Self-Management MasterClass – Doug Kirkpatrick

Participants will gain a comprehensive and clear understanding of and appreciation for self-management Principles. They will also discover and apply practices that instantiate fundamental self-management principles, including but not limited to: 1) Developing Natural Leadership, 2) Developing Peer Agreements, 3) Negotiating Process Accountabilities, 4) Defining Decision Rights, 5) Identifying Stakeholders, 6) Gamifying Work, 7) Developing a Personal Mission. Commitment keeping comprises fully most of the foundation of effective organizational self-management. Commitment making and commitment keeping are critical self-management skills. Commitments are affirmative speech acts having a structured lifecycle. Participants will interactively learn and practice the language and science of commitment making and commitment keeping. Self-management is ultimately about management, which is how work gets done in organizations. Learners will discover the elements of management and how are they carried out in a self-managed ecosystem. Likewise, conflict is a necessary part of work life. Learners will understand and practice how to directly address issues and achieve resolution of conflicts when there are no human bosses.

All Day

Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick is the author of Amazon bestseller BEYOND EMPOWERMENT: THE AGE OF THE SELF-MANAGED ORGANIZATION and joined Forbes Books in 2017 to write about the future of work. He is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, writer, and educator. Doug is also a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) with […]

Deepening Workshop – Business Agile – Evan Leybourn

In the modern economy, companies do not have the luxury of stability. The impact of change, both technological and cultural, is greater and faster than ever before. The simple fact that the average lifespan of a company has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century demonstrates that not all organizations are prepared for this new reality. It is only high-performing, adaptable and agile organizations that will leverage, lead and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market. We call this business agility.

Join us for this intensive 1-day workshop to learn how to create a next-generation company.

Intensive training on business agility practices and approaches, including; Theory of Agile Constraints: Create a simple model the full-lifecycle of one key business process within your organization (including upstream and downstream steps) and use the Theory of Constraints to identify the largest current constraining factor to agility Business Agility Maturity: A look at the key findings from the State of Business Agility report – followed by a self-assessment of your organization and comparison of your responses to similar companies

Hands-on activities with each of the 9 domains of business agility; Ways of working: Interactive exercises on the transforming organizational elements of Technical Agility, Process Agility & Enterprise Agility Organisational connections: Interactive exercises on designing an agile organization structure - create a network map of your collaborators, colleagues and customers across all teams and divisions and overlaying your sphere of control and sphere of influence Culture & Mindset: Understand the cultural elements of business agility

Systemic understanding of how critical business functions inter-operate (and why they work the way they do), including; Finance: budgeting, forecasting and accounting HR: talent management and recruitment Procurement: agile contracts and vendor management Governance: project/programme management (#noprojects), PMO, risk, legal and compliance

All Day

Evan Leybourn

Evan is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and support the next-generation of organisations. Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic – perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. His experience while holding senior leadership and board positions in both private industry and government […]

Post Conference – Agile Cooking – Dahm M. Hongchai

Agile is the newest mindset for business transformation in the digital age. Understanding the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto will help you execute your plans to consolidate Agile techniques and practices into your organizations. This workshop will provide you with the foundation of Agile via “five senses active learning engagement”, a quick enjoyable learning experience for you to gain knowledge, skills, and attributes that empower you to implement Agile. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? New Agile practitioners, students, teachers, and professors of management, business, and engineering. By attending this program, you will:

  • Understand the values and principles of Agile Manifesto
  • Practice responding flexibly to customer needs and allow more feedback opportunity from stakeholders
  • Sharpen skills in project management and team building
  • Understand frameworks, Scrum and Kanban, under the Agile Umbrella
  • Communicate more effectively with team members

All Day

Dahm M. Hongchai

Dahm Mongkol Hongchai is an Agile coach, a Scrum Master, and a business consultant with 4 years experience in High-Tech and Startup industries in Silicon Valley, Thailand, and Australia. He has been successful with 14 years of accomplishments with Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has had opportunities to work as a growth manager intern […]

Deepening Workshop – HR as People Champion – Fabiola Eyholzer & Natalija Hellesoe

Did you already get some inspiration in the pre-conference “Agile HR certification” or Fabiola Eyholzer’s Keynote on “HR as Champion for Individuals & Interactions” and want to explore the possible future of HR even more? Then join Fabiola Eyholzer and Natalija Hellesoe in this deepening workshop to discuss different case studies and practices that show how HR departments across various industries are reinventing their people approach and tools. We will use agile practices and work together along a business case to practically apply the ideas and develop them even further. This is a highly interactive deep dive session with practical tips and exchange of thoughts, ideas and experiences.

All Day

Fabiola Eyholzer

Fabiola Eyholzer is a pioneer in Lean | Agile People Operations and CEO of Just Leading Solutions LLC, a leading New York based consultancy for HR and Business Agility. As seasoned HR Consultant and trusted advisor, Fabiola supports enterprises in building stronger, more responsive and innovative businesses and helps them accelerate their transformation journey by […]

KEYNOTES

Main Keynotes of the 25th

Doug Kirkpatrick

Futurework: Managing Complexity With Simplicity

The talk will explore the lessons learned from the journey of vanguard companies as they unleash the power of organizational self-management. Is it possible to adopt an organizational model linking mission-critical processes to individual stewardship without the need for traditional management and formal hierarchy? Is it possible to slash the direct and indirect costs of bureaucracy? Is it possible to manage great complexity with simple principles? The answer to all of these questions appears to be yes.

What you’ll take away:

• Learn How to Create a Highly Scalable Enterprise Without Bosses and Titles

• Learn How to Drive Organizational Agility, Innovation and Resilience through Organizational Self-Management

• Learn How Organizational Self-Management Can Create Strategic Business Advantage

• Learn How to Slash the Costs of Management, the Least Efficient Activity of Any Enterprise

• Learn How to Manage Great Complexity with Great Simplicity

Evan Leybourn

Certain Uncertainty

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before and organizations of every size are struggling to remain relevant in the eyes of their customers. The simple fact that the average lifespan of a company has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century demonstrates that not all organizations are prepared for this new reality. It is only high-performing, adaptable and agile organizations that will leverage, lead and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market. We call this business agility.

The problem with a statement like that is that there is no common definition of what business agility means. And that’s actually a good thing. In a dynamic and changing market trying to lock it down will defeat the very advantage it brings. Instead, I want you to start thinking of business agility as the common thread. An adaptable and sustainable narrative that binds & guides, rather than directs, us into the uncertain future.

This talk will share the state of business agility around the world. We’ll look at the Domains of Business Agility, interspersed with case studies from 4 multinational organizations in both the banking and utilities sector.

What you’ll take away:

• Learn the domains of business agility

• Learn how to work with Finance and HR to increase agility in your current organization

• Learn the how Business Agility is being adopted by organizations around the world

Fabiola Eyholzer

HR as Champion for Individuals & Interactions

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools is a key value in the Agile HR manifesto. But what reads like an easy and common-sense ambition turns out to be a challenge for most organizations and their HR.

HR is struggling with the ambiguity of delivering value in form of programs that are essentially a series of processes and tools while trying to embrace the new world of work. And with so many transactional activities to keep HR busy, it can be difficult to personalize the employee experience. But we cannot humanize our organizations unless we start advocating individuals and interactions. In this presentation, Fabiola Eyholzer will discuss how HR can help an organization to build connections, engagement, and trust.

Dave Snowden

Doctrine, domesticity and delinquency; returning Agile to the Wild

Like many movements over history, Agile started with a great idea whose ideas continue to inspire many people, but the modern equivalent of religious wars, minor splits over doctrine and crass commercialization have compromised those ideas. Is all lost or can we get back the original inspiration of the Agile Manifesto?

If Agile is going to move outside of the fields of software development and support to the wider organization what will need to change? In the wild there are only a few variations in canines, but domestication had produced multiple variations, but within those variations aggressive breeding to reinforce differences. The net result is a set of increasingly harmful genetic changes; is the same happening to Agile? How do we avoid this?

COACH CLINIC

Main Conference Day - 25th

Come and join the coaching clinic with agile42

Are you wondering about work issues you don’t know how to solve? Is your team collaborating as you would like it to? Is the agile path going the way you want it to go? If you have questions like these, come and meet the coaches at the coach clinic hosted by agile42!

agile42, as the agile coach company they are, want to create extra value for the event by hosting and sponsoring the coach clinic. This is a great opportunity for people to meet and learn from each other. agile42 does not only help companies with their agile transformations, they have Scrum trainings and they “coach the coaches”, just to mention a few things. The coach clinic is a good possibility to meet experts, coaches, that will help you find answers to the questions you have.

The coach clinic will be held under the main day of the conference, on the 25.10.2018. The coach clinic will be available during the whole day for attendees of the event. There will be a separate space for the coach clinic, close to all the main events.

The coach clinic is a service for attendees of the conference, where attendees get free help from experienced coaches on any topic of their choice. The sessions will be 15 minutes long, were the coaches are helping the attendees with their problems and questions. An attendee can extend the session if no one is in line waiting. Attendees can sign up for multiple appointments if one appointment is not enough.

If there is no line, people can also drop in and get immediate appointments if a coach is available.

Regular coach clinic hours are conference breaks, an hour prior to the first session and an hour past the last session. The coaches are free to remain in the space at other times as well, and serve attendees who chose to skip conference sessions and instead participate in the coach clinic. Coverage is not guaranteed for those times.

We at agile42 wish to see as many of you as possible at the coach clinic! Sign up for the coach clinic on our board besides the clinic at the event, or drop in if there are free appointments. We are looking forward to meeting you, so come to join us at the conference. Remember to sign up fast, the appointments will be popular!

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Introductory Days - 23rd + 24th - Take the opportunity to get the full conference experience by also attending one of the high-quality pre-conference workshops. Each workshop starts at 9am and finishes around 5 pm on both days.

Pia-Maria Thorén & Björn Sandberg

Agile HR Certification *

Become one of the first people in the world to hold the ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Talent (ICP-TAL) Certification

Regardless if you are an agile coach, a line manager or an HR professional, you need to understand how people strategy and people operations need to change when working in a company embracing the agile value structure. How do performance management, recruitment, learning and development, compensation and benefits and the way we perform employee engagement surveys change? What are the specific skills that we need to use to run an agile transformation from a people perspective? And is there still a need to do succession planning in the future?
During the training we cover:

  • Introduction to the agile approach and how it is related to Lean and systems thinking. Why work with agility?
  • What characterizes the agile mindset and how to change the traditional HR processes when we are working with agile values?
  • How should HR adapt work to create maximum value in an agile organization? How should recruitment, performance evaluations and salary discussions look like?
  • What concrete examples are there? How have others done? What works?
  • How can you use agile techniques like Scrum and Kanban for HR?

HR’s role in an Agile organization – Learning Outcomes

  • How HR can support an agile organizational transformation: Assess the current organizational structure and design a new structure that enables business agility, maximizes communication and collaboration within and among teams and enables the flow of value.
  • Goal setting and performance management in a new way:  Appraise current performance management practices and identify ways of bringing Agile thinking to enhance performance, accountability and growth.
  • Salaries and benefits for an agile organization: Describe and contrast traditional incentive structures with Agile-friendly structures, discuss the pros and cons of each approach and explain how they could apply them to their own environment.
  • Job Roles – are they needed in the future? Develop an organizational action plan for role modeling an agile mindset and to build new skills that will enable cross-functional teams.
  • Employee engagement in an agile manner: Recommend different motivational tools to be applied in a context and describe how the traditional employee engagement survey is changing.
  • Talent acquisition and the candidate experience: Design a sourcing strategy that can be used to find and acquire the “right” people to support the strategic growth of the organization taking values, culture, diversity and collaboration into the hiring decision.
  • Agile learning: Suggest ways to enable and support a learning mindset in a team, supporting the shift from a focus on deficiencies to a focus on the development of new skills and capabilities.

* This pre-conference workshop has already met the minimum participation criteria and is therefore confirmed.

DEEPENING WORKSHOPS

Concluding Day - 26th

Choose between one Deepening Workshop or Agile Cooking

If you find yourself craving more from any of keynotes, then you can attend any of the deepening workshops. The workshops will go deeper into one of the topics from the main keynotes according to your choice. Choose which one of the workshops want to attend when buying the ticket with to secure your spot. You may change your choice at the conference venue (as long as there is space).

This is the perfect opportunity to get your questions answered to the depth.

Or if you want to know more about the values of the agile manifesto and how it can be applied in everyday situations you can choose to attend the Agile Cooking Workshop.

The workshops will be held simultaneously and will be run throughout the entire day of the 26th.

Sonja Bilgnaut

The Complexity Workshop

Sonja Bilgnaut will go even deeper on the keynote with Dave Snowden from the day before. She describes the workshop as follows: There is a growing awareness that the organizations we work in are more like unpredictable and interconnected ecosystems than predictable machines. In these complex ecosystems, most of our models and “best practices” are no longer effective and managers and decision­makers often find that they are not equipped for this new world of work as the prevailing management paradigms are based on assumptions of linearity, predictability and certainty.

The Agile movement has introduced new ways of work that promises a faster, more adaptive response, but it often doesn’t reach it’s full potential as organizational governing structures and strategies are mostly still rooted in the mechanistic control paradigm. What is becoming increasingly apparent is that organizations that want to become strategically agile and responsive will need to fundamentally shift not only work practices but also how they think, strategize and organize.

In this session, we will explore the nature of complex adaptive systems, and also answer the practical “so what?” questions in terms of what this means for our work practices.

Doug Kirkpatrick

Self-Management Master Class

Participants will gain a comprehensive and clear understanding of and appreciation for self-management Principles. They will also discover and apply practices that instantiate fundamental self-management principles, including but not limited to:

  • Developing Natural Leadership
  • Developing Peer Agreements
  • Negotiating Process Accountabilities
  • Defining Decision Rights
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Gamifying Work
  • Developing a Personal Mission

Commitment keeping comprises fully most of the foundation of effective organizational self-management. Commitment making and commitment keeping are critical self-management skills. Commitments are affirmative speech acts having a structured lifecycle. Participants will interactively learn and practice the language and science of commitment making and commitment keeping.

Self-management is ultimately about management, which is how work gets done in organizations. Learners will discover the elements of management and how are they carried out in a self-managed ecosystem. Likewise, conflict is a necessary part of work life. Learners will understand and practice how to directly address issues and achieve resolution of conflicts when there are no human bosses.

Evan Leybourn

Business Agile

In the modern economy, companies do not have the luxury of stability. The impact of change, both technological and cultural, is greater and faster than ever before. The simple fact that the average lifespan of a company has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century demonstrates that not all organizations are prepared for this new reality. It is only high-performing, adaptable and agile organizations that will leverage, lead and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market. We call this business agility.

Join us for this intensive 1-day workshop to learn how to create a next-generation company.

Intensive training on business agility practices and approaches, including;
Theory of Agile Constraints: Create a simple model the full-lifecycle of one key business process within your organization (including upstream and downstream steps) and use the Theory of Constraints to identify the largest current constraining factor to agility
Business Agility Maturity: A look at the key findings from the State of Business Agility report – followed by a self-assessment of your organization and comparison of your responses to similar companies

Hands-on activities with each of the 9 domains of business agility;
Ways of working: Interactive exercises on the transforming organizational elements of Technical Agility, Process Agility & Enterprise Agility
Organisational connections: Interactive exercises on designing an agile organization structure – create a network map of your collaborators, colleagues and customers across all teams and divisions and overlaying your sphere of control and sphere of influence
Culture & Mindset: Understand the cultural elements of business agility

Systemic understanding of how critical business functions inter-operate (and why they work the way they do), including;
Finance: budgeting, forecasting and accounting
HR: talent management and recruitment
Procurement: agile contracts and vendor management
Governance: project/programme management (#noprojects), PMO, risk, legal and compliance

Fabiola Eyholzer & Natalija Hellesø

HR as People Champion

Did you already get some inspiration in the pre-conference “Agile HR certification” or Fabiola Eyholzer’s Keynote on “HR as Champion for Individuals & Interactions” and want to explore the possible future of HR even more?

Then join Fabiola Eyholzer and Natalija Hellesø in this deepening workshop to discuss different case studies and practices that show how HR departments across various industries are reinventing their people approach and tools.

We will use agile practices and work together along a business case to practically apply the ideas and develop them even further.

This is a highly interactive deep dive session with practical tips and exchange of thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

Dahm M. Hongchai

Agile Cooking

Agile is the newest mindset for business transformation in the digital age. Understanding the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto will help you execute your plans to consolidate Agile techniques and practices into your organizations. This workshop will provide you with the foundation of Agile via “five senses active learning engagement”, a quick enjoyable learning experience for you to gain knowledge, skills, and attributes that empower you to implement Agile.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
New Agile practitioners, students, teachers, and professors of management, business, and engineering.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Understand the values and principles of Agile Manifesto
  • Practice responding flexibly to customer needs and allow more feedback opportunity from stakeholders
  • Sharpen skills in project management and team building
  • Understand frameworks, Scrum and Kanban, under the Agile Umbrella
  • Communicate more effectively with team members

SPEED TALKS

Main Conference Day - 25th

Yusuf Okucu

The Case Of Vistaprint

Over the past few years, Vistaprint has adopted an Agile mindset across the organization including creative, marketing, and even talent teams. In this session we will tell the story of how our Talent + Experience Transformation Team adopted an agile mindset which has shaped our culture and the way we work including:

  • Redefining and building the skills, talent, and expertise needed for our agile talent team
  • How our talent team organizes to deliver on our mission
  • How we drive our employee-centric strategy
  • How we approach our work

Erik Schön

Doing Strategy the Interactive & Flexible Way

In a world where the rate of change will never be slower than today, our ways of working with strategy need a new strategy. In this session, Erik will attempt to de­mystify strategy by answering the following questions

  • Why do you need strategy in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world ­ and what is it?
  • How do you develop your strategy with speed and flexibility?
  • How do you make your strategy happen with speed and engagement?

This is highly relevant for organizations ­large and small ­that would like to realize their full potential through effective strategies.

Gary Crawford

Overcoming weak signals, inattentional blindness, and long-held assumptions

Transformation is fraught with risk; organizations are complex, architecture is politics, and traditional management practices prioritize economic efficiency over responsiveness.

A great deal of attention is spent on how teams can become more agile, but how do you, as a leader or manager, evolve yourself and the wider organization to support a generative, performance-oriented culture focused on customer and market responsiveness?

How do you detect and interpret the important, but weak signals among the Taylorist noise?

How do you overcome your own inattentional blindness?

How do you challenge long-held assumptions by you and your colleagues about technology, practice, process, and management?

In this talk, Gary will share a learn-by-leading approach to how you can evolve leadership and management styles in your business. You’ll learn how to uncover organizational barriers to agility, build a practice field for your employees and take a new product from idea to market every six weeks.

Shane Hastie

Collaborative Organizational Culture

Collaborative organizational culture doesn’t just happen, it needs conscious and deliberate design and careful nurturing. In this workshop participants will explore what a collaborative organisational culture is, why it matters and how to deliberately design culture.

Culture is “the way we do things here” rather than anything written or prescribed, so understanding how leadership attitudes and behaviors influence and create organization culture is vitally important to successfully establishing an environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, are engaged and positively contribute to the organization’s success.

This session is presented as a series of facilitated conversations drawing out the key aspects of organisational culture and showing how it is influenced by a wide variety of factors including structure, geography, promotion policies and practices, the conversations leaders have, what gets rewarded, ignored or punished, relationships and friendships and a wide variety of other factors.

By the end of the session, the participants will be able to identify the areas they wish to address in their own organizations and will have some resources to help them in their culture design.

Frida Mangen

Let`s empower our employees instead of spoon feeding them

Frida will share how she views the culture in Sweden and the world, and especially in our organizations. She will give you her opinion on the difference between psychological safety and a dependency of psychological safety. She will talk about how she at DEK technologies has worked with competence development, feedback and constant learning in relation to psychological safety.

Kenn Coops

Reimagining Training & Development for an Agile World

How do you align Training & Development with an agile Learning Organization? In this talk, Kenn will share how SimCorp, after implementing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), reimagined the basic design of the Training & Development organization to harness the power of the agile principles. Supporting a business where continuous learning and continuous professional development is now an integrated part of how the business is run.

Andrea Darabos

How to develop accountability and self-reliance (with practice)

In this session, we will explore how to create a culture where all employees feel accountable and pro-actively are improving, managing their own employee experience.
I will share elements of a case study of work done with various senior and middle management leadership teams globally in banking, where we have used various goal setting and visioning practices (OKRs, Harada, A3, TOYOTA KATA and retrospectives) to develop accountability, self-reliance, and confidence in these teams. The secret sauce to developing self-reliance is to start with yourself – so you will have the opportunity to do just that during this session.

Andrea is a lean and agile coach, trainer facilitator and she works with creative, innovative organizations in the technology field on disrupting and improving current ways of working.

Natalija Hellesø

You're in charge - Rethinking Learning and Collaboration

In too many companies, learning and collaboration are still very formalized processes and actual value creation is not on top of the outcome list. Given the current challenges and trends – HR, managers, and employees themselves must find pragmatic ways to individualize development approaches and foster a culture of continuous learning. How can relevant competencies be acquired and shared more flexible throughout the company? How can collaborative ways of working and learning be transferred to more traditionally organized functions? How can employees themselves be more in the lead for their own development? In her speed talk, Natalija will share some examples and learnings of companies who implemented agile facilitation or trainer teams along with new communities of practice and other innovative learning formats.

Sonja Blignaut

Making Sense of the HR agility landscape

With the growing need for strategic agility and therefore agile people and support functions, understanding the complex dynamics involved in enabling this shift is a key priority. Metaphorically, we need to shift from a paradigm that creates organizations that are like mechanistic zoos, to ones that are more like resilient jungles, or as Dave Snowden puts it, return Agile to the wild. One thing we do know is that one size doesn’t fit all, there is no recipe for agility that is context independent. We conducted a Sensemaker-based narrative inquiry to understand the current People Agility landscape, to better understand the needs and related responses in different contexts. In this talk, we will share some of the patterns and insights from this study, as well as the implications for those seeking to enable agility beyond IT. Deeper insights will be shared in the Complexity Workshop.

VENUE

7A Odenplan

7A Odenplan has a perfect city location with subway, commuter train and most city buses a few steps from the entrance.

It can´t get easier to get here! For you who come by car, there is a parking garage in the building with elevators up to the meeting floor.

Norrtullsgatan 6
113 26 Stockholm

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MISSION

What is Agile People about?

There is a shift happening in the world of work. Organizations are becoming more inspiring, human and purposeful. Organizations that are fit for humans and the future. Business are becoming a force for good. Peoples potential is freed up to have a positive impact in people’s lives, community and the world.

Our purpose is to accelerate this transformation through spreading the agile values of customer collaboration, energized people, learning organization, inspiring leadership and rapid change to all areas of business and organizations.

This is the 6th year consecutive conference. We take pride in being in the front line of organizational change. Join us to learn about the latest trends. We attract a fantastic audience of people from all types of business representing a diverse set of roles such as managers, IT professionals, HR managers and many others. It is the cross learning and collaboration that happens when we meet across functions that enable new solutions.

We attract thought leaders and inspiring speakers from many different organizations talking about the future of work. The conference format is also diverse. We mix key-note speakers, with lightning talks, with open space, world café, workshops and plenty of opportunities for mingling while enjoying our own Agile Ale.

See you at 7A Odenplan on October 25!

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Pre-Conference Workshops

23-24th Oct

Main Conference Day

25th Oct

Deepening Conference Day

26th Oct

More information regarding location and other details will be shared prior to the conference.

Some pre-conference workshops are pending confirmation dependent on minimum participation and we will confirm the workshops 3 weeks prior to the conference. So you will receive an email again beginning of October to confirm the workshop. In the unlikely case, that the workshop will not meet the minimum participant requirement, you can just switch to the Agile HR Workshop which is already confirmed, if you want to do so. Otherwise we will refund your ticket.

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GET THE BOOK

In Agile People, management consultant Pia-Maria Thoren outlines how managers, human resources professionals, company decision-makers, and employees can adopt the flexible, fluid, customer-focused mindset of modern tech companies to inspire their workers and strengthen their organizations. This essential handbook explains both the theories and practical applications behind the Agile framework, showing how companies can do the following:
  • Create a structure and culture for an organization to meet future challenges
  • Give management and HR the changed mindset and the tools to facilitate employee drive and performance
  • Empower employees to become motivated stakeholders
  • Adopt hiring practices that value attitude, behavior, and competence
  • Create a passionate, loyal, and accomplished workforce
No matter the size of a company, it can benefit from an Agile mindset and launch into a future filled with successful leadership and motivated employees.

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