Agile Transformation: what does that really mean?

Session Type: Presentation

Track: Transformation and Leadership

Host: Becky Davis

One of the world’s largest multinationals has started a global transformation programme to become “an Agile organisation” by 2020. In this presentation, Becky Davis asks 

What does Agile transformation look like?

How do we engage diverse groups on the journey?

Does our Waterfall history offer any clear lessons?

Today’s world is complex and fast moving. This drives organisations towards improved agility; but there’s no “one size fits all”. AXA has a significant global presence which embodies different cultures, different skill sets, different ages. Change professionals need to understand that each individual is on a different journey, defined by their own experience. As millennials come into the workplace, it’s clear that their motivations are different from baby boomers. How can organisations embed an Agile culture when the starting points are so diverse?

Becky will share her experience leading AXA transformation in the UK and will consider how organisations can most effectively embrace agility.


Becky is head of Delivery Services at AXA Insurance and her roles have covered many of the supporting services in Agile environments from configuration, change and release management through project management and in to the PMO and governance arena. She has worked as a Scrum master and for the last seven years has been working with DSDM (she is a DSDM Agile Professional).  The last two years have been spent building up AXA’s PMO to support their portfolio of change, and balancing the needs of flexibility and empowerment for the team against the controls required in a regulated Financial Services organisation.