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Journey to Agility: Leading a Transformation

Session Leader Name(s): Skip Angel

Duration (30, 60, 90) — 90 Minutes

Audience Level — Experienced is best, but even those that are relatively new can benefit.

Session Style — Combination of presentation and group discussion

Description/Outline: How far can you take Agile within an organization? Is it enough to just focus on Agile team practices like Scrum and XP or is something more needed? Agile is much more than a selection of an SDLC methodology for your teams. It can become a larger organizational change for more agility beyond just product development. The speaker will provide you an example of leading one company's journey from no knowledge of Agile to an organization with high agility.

We will explore many of your questions around transformation that could help your own company in its journey. Where is the best place to start successfully to get things going in the right direction? What are the conditions needed for a company to be ready to accept significant organizational change? What are some of the major activities and events that happen during the transformation process? How does it change the company in who they are and what they are capable of achieving?

Here is an outline of what will be covered:

I. Introduction/Background information on client

II. Understanding Enterprise Agility Coaching

• Gaining a context of the current environment to know where to start

• Establish a guiding coalition through enablement team

• Delivering outcomes that will improve the capabilities needed for agility

• Develop a culture that encourages and supports developmental learning

• Evolve a theory of change that impacts everyone in the organization

• Helping others go through the process of change

• Evolve the capability for continual learning for individuals, organization and team

• Evolve the model (processes, structure, behaviors) of the organization

• Foster organization design that supports emergence and self-organization

• Develop catalytic leadership that will foster, support and encourage change

• Foster shared vision across products and organization so that strategy aligns to everyone’s work

• Encourage continual improvement through focus on value streams and throughput

III. What are common challenges or pitfalls with enterprise adoption?

• Lack of management support

• Focus on training only

• No measurable goals or outcomes considered

• Organizational challenges are not addressed (or in a timely way)

• Not prepared to scale

IV. What were the results? - We will discuss what this company has done differently since they started.

Learning outcomes

• What are the conditions needed for a company to be ready to accept significant organizational change?

• Where is the best place to start successfully to get things going in the right direction?

• What can I be doing differently in my organization to achieve greater agility?

• What are the common challenges and pitfalls organizations have around Enterprise Agile Adoption?

• What are some of the major activities and events that happen during the transformation process?

• How does it change the company in who they are and what they are capable of achieving?

Speaker Bio: Skip Angel is a Principal Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Coach for BigVisible Solutions, a coaching and enablement consultancy. Skip has 25 years of experience in software development in a variety of roles including Chief Technology Officer. He provides thought leadership, training, and coaching to new and experienced teams interested in agile practices including Lean, Scrum, and Extreme Programming (XP). As an external coach and trainer, Skip has provided public and private courses to all sizes of product development and IT organizations. He has also been an embedded coach for pilot teams and enterprise transformation efforts across multiple local and distributed teams across US and India. You can reach him at sangel@bigvisible.com.

Details of previous presentations: I have not provided this presentation before, but will be giving it at the Agile Dev Practices West conference in June. I may give this presentation to a local user group in SF as a dry run to get some feedback when it is ready. There are no slides available yet.

Comment

Submitted by Skip Angel 2 years ago

Comments (8)

  1. Pinned Moderator

    I like that this is a experiential report on Agile transformation. I think a 60 minute time frame is better than 90 minutes. There is a lot of information and as I have commented on sessions that are proposed at 90 minutes, attendees attention last for about 40 mins and then their mind begin to wander. It is my 2 cents ... perhaps you would consider tightening it?

    2 years ago
  2. Moderator

    I give this a 7 out of 10 (10 being perfect)

    I like that you are giving us a case study. I like the description of the session - it is very clear what topics you are going to cover and will be helpful. I like that it has been accepted to Agile Dev West and you are offering to dry run it in the Bay Area.

    What would make this perfect is to edit this talk to 60 minutes. There is just so much you want to cover in this outline I am afraid that it will turn into 75 minutes of you talking and not that much audience participation. The session is lacking a description of how the audience will take away your key learnings. I think you have a powerful talk here, but I am afraid that once the participants leave and go to the next session, your lessons will get pushed out in place of the new content. Look for away to engage the audience in some active learning.

    2 years ago
    1. Skip Angel Idea Submitter

      Thanks for your valuable feedback Carlton!

      I'll be working on the content soon, but my hope is that I have questions/dialogue with the audience throughout the presentation. This is much more than just a case study, it should be a discussion about how to approach an enterprise adoption as a coach. I hope that people take away from ideas and tools to apply to their own transformations. I definitely don't want it to be all about me and my experience only. I do think with discussion it will take longer than 60 minutes.

      2 years ago
  3. This will be like drinking from a firehose of awesome.

    2 years ago
  4. You've got my vote. Been in this journey for the past 2 years with a company and need to learn some more so I can learn from what I learned!

    2 years ago
  5. Amazing content. I do worry that the "firehose of awesome" might be overwhelming. Would there be a way to extract the most critical elements and dive deeper into those?

    2 years ago
    1. Skip Angel Idea Submitter

      Thanks Declan. You may be right that there is too much. I am working on the content and will try to narrow it done to the essence of transformation that audience would care about and get most from.

      2 years ago
  6. From the extremely large enterprise to the dot-com speedy company, Skip has seen it... and done it well. These aren't ideas looking for proof; Skip's stuff is fully informed from his direct experience.

    2 years ago

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