Conference schedule

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  • Day One

    Wednesday 26 September

  • 09:00 - 09:15
    Delivery Track
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Lobby

  • 09:15 - 10:00
    Dr Sue Black first got excited about agile back in 2001 when she read Kent Beck’s ‘Extreme Programming’ as she was finishing her PhD in software engineering. It brought a whole new mindset to developing software systems that was so needed in a world where the traditional waterfall model seemed to be failing everywhere. Starting small, iterating and collaborating, plus listening to and responding to feedback have become part of Sue’s modus operandi. She has has taken the agile mindset and applied it to many of her projects over the last few years from the successful campaign to save Bletchley Park, to setting up #techmums her social enterprise which teaches tech skills to disadvantaged mums. Sue has also taken an agile approach to her own life and career, having left school at 16, ended up a single parent with 3 small children living a refuge at age 25, Sue was awarded an OBE for ‘services to technology’ in 2016 and is now one of the UK’s most prominent computer scientists. Sue shares stories from her life and career focusing on how an agile mindset has made all the difference.
    Delivery Track
    Keynotes
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 10:00 - 10:10
    An introduction to our three tracks: Delivery, People and Strategy.
    Delivery Track
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Lobby

  • 10:10 - 10:50
    Although neuroscience is still in its infancy, it is already providing significant insights into people, teams and organisations. It brings to light what enables us to be focused, to learn and to perform at our best, especially during times of change and uncertainty. Part of its appeal is that it resonates with people’s experience: it explains why our brains find constant uncertainty difficult and distracting. It enables us to work effectively: by understanding our brains, we can work with the physiology, not fight it. In this session we will explore: - A few facts about our brains we all need to know - Why our brains find organisational change so hard - What can we do to help create an agile mindset and help people perform at their best?
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 10:10 - 10:50
    This talk introduces “Patterns of Strategy” - a radically different approach to understanding and formulating business strategy which is built on a different paradigm to conventional strategic approaches. We’ll take you through some of the theory, the practice and illustrate it with some examples.
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 10:10 - 10:50
    Dan North has spent the last few years showing all kinds of organisations how they can deliver faster, achieve better results with less effort, and have fun doing it. He has a wealth of experience and stories of alignment at scale, and not a formal scaling methodology in sight. This is not a coincidence. He has realised, and can demonstrate, why structured scaling methods simply can’t work for very long. Context is king: It constantly changes and we must continually adapt to it. Come and learn how to sort the wheat from the chaff, the effective from the dogmatic, of scaling delivery, and find out why Dan is Scaling Without A Religious Methodology.
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 11:10 - 12:00
    Overall, this session will cover the transformation journey of how Sainsbury’s is delivering its strategy using agile ways of working, enterprise-wide from CEO through to frontline teams with some exciting results. The session will be delivered by Helen Hunter (Group Chief Data Officer Sainsbury’s) and Vikram Jain (Managing Director of JCURV).
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 11:10 - 12:00
    Learn how games can retrain your brain and explore reasons why games are great tools to help develop an agile approach for individuals and teams. Games are built on the Agile principles favouring interactions, collaboration and response to change. Gamers have agile in the bloodstream.
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 11:10 - 12:00
    The economy is increasingly complex, globalised and unpredictable. Supply and demand are no longer adequate and linear causality no longer explains reality. Economy now deals with virtual worlds and values that no longer map back to tangible assets. The stock exchange is run by AI and individuals accumulated wealth at the tune of billions. Gold and oil are losing rank in the face of Data, the new source of future wealth. People’s lives and emotions are new coveted sources of wealth for the owners of technology who mine people’s minds. Robots and AI fundamentally disrupt the labour market and re-define the value of work.The questions arising are imperative and fundamental. And this is a time to explore possible answers and potential solutions.
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 13:00 - 13:45
    Creating the next generation of Fearless Learners is core to Explore Learning's mission. Founder and CEO, Bill Mills, outlines his approach to building a successful business that has always put people and delivery central to the company strategy. He will share his thoughts on nurturing talent and how a growing organisation must put their people first.
    Delivery Track
    Keynotes
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 13:55 - 14:55
    An overview of Moonpig’s Agile journey, beginning with improved delivery in product engineering, through to the extension of lean and agile working across the wider organisation.
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 13:55 - 14:55
    Catherine Harrisson, North Highland & Joel Robinson, Sainsbury's Digital & Technology (D&T) within Sainsbury's was facing challenges with the speed and value of its delivery and needed to evolve to offer its people a better experience and be a true partner to the business. 18 months ago, a new organisation structure designed around product families was introduced and since then a small collaborative team of Sainsbury’s and North Highland colleagues have been working on developing a sustainable transformation in ways of working across D&T at Sainsbury’s. Their presentation will cover how to build stable, integrated teams, Agile ways of working, the implications of pushing decision-making to the lowest point in the organisation, and prioritising by value and measuring value delivered. Jeremy Renwick, Agilesphere In Jeremy's session about the Minimum Viable Organisation, he will cover things like what Agile leadership means in practice, what putting the customer value first really means (particularly the impact on "support" functions such as finance, operations and HR), money in an Agile organisation and day-to-day management of an Agile business - how do you integrate delivering strategic initiatives with business as usual? How does Agilesphere manage work in progress when there are incoming, unanticipated issues? Giles Lindsay, dnata Director of Software Engineering Giles' case study revolves around the recent Agile transformation of a Fintech company in the heart of The City using Disciplined Agile and what the business has gone on to achieve over the last 12 months.
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 13:55 - 14:45
    For more information on roundtable sessions, download the event app.
    Delivery Track
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 15:15 - 15:45
    As Agile becomes more mainstream, this can lead to tension between existing governance approaches and the lighter touch that Agile expects. In extreme cases, where both sides take a dogmatic approach, this can appear more like war than collaboration. The reality is that agile governance is both a reasonable expectation and indeed, a necessity, in a complex corporate organisation. A key factor for effective Agile governance is to build a collaborative partnership between the PMO and the Agile teams. Following on from the pre-conference session positioning 3 differing viewpoints on PMO engagement, this conference session will present a fuller discussion on “Agile PMO – Fact or fiction?”. It will also respond to questions and comments raised at the pre-conference event.
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 15:15 - 15:45
    65% of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that haven’t even been invented yet, however this is already a reality for many people. The panel, all of whom are in jobs or industries that did not exist a decade ago, will discuss the challenges and opportunities that they face, particularly in light of technologies like automation, robotics and AI. We'll speak about how we shaped our careers, from what we do, to where and how, sharing how Agility has been key for ensuring our success. We'll then dig into how we prepare the next generation, what skills they will need and the trends we're seeing in the current workplace.
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 15:15 - 15:45
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 15:45 - 17:00
    A simple picture is worth a thousand meetings. Eliminate the talk, talk , talk with powerful communication. Unlock your organisation’s potential to communicate effectively with employees, stakeholders and customers. Join this fast-paced, hands-on workshop focused on the value of visualisation and value delivery in the world of Business Agility. Research shows that 65% of people process information visually - Tap into the superpower you never knew you had to accelerate learning, problems solving, decision making and idea generation for your organisation.
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 15:45 - 17:00
    Are you a leader who is looking for ways of how to bring about profound change in your organisation or society? Do you want to learn how to facilitate change at a personal, organisations and societal levels? Would you like to enhance your ability to lead innovation and creative processes? Martin Kalungu-Banda offers a workshop on Theory U, a methodology that brings together a framework and real life examples in order to provide practical answers to the questions above.
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 15:45 - 17:00
    Confusion or uncertainty around roles is a common cry for help from Agile teams. What do we really need the Product Owner to do? As a developer am I expected to help with the testing? Help your teams to understand their roles better and decide how best to support each other, whilst at the same time driving productivity by exploring overlaps, commitments and expectations.
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • Day Two

    Thursday 27 September

  • 09:00 - 09:15
    Delivery Track
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Lobby

  • 09:15 - 10:00
    Digital working implies a lot of changes in the ways that organisations define, manage and execute work. This session examines the 'D's shaping the future of work - from increasingly diverse employees and the death of the 9 to 5, to struggles with our inner caveman and the rise of the robots.
    Delivery Track
    Keynotes
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 10:00 - 10:10
    An introduction to our three tracks: Delivery, People and Strategy.
    Delivery Track
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Lobby

  • 10:10 - 10:50
    Starting new product teams and scaling up services is more important than ever. In this talk, we will nosedive into the major topics that business leaders and product teams are confronted with from the moment they have an innovative idea to the day they will scale it up (or screw it up). Topics will include: How do you build the right thing? How do you get the best people? How can you work with a remote team? How do you get to product/market fit? When do you start with growth marketing? How can you structure the business for rapid scaling? How to stay agile when you're growing fast? How to avoid the common pitfalls?
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 10:10 - 10:50
    To thrive in the future workforce, both employers and employees need to get comfortable with uncertainty. Rapidly changing technology is changing the way we work and the skills required to succeed. As a result, we must embrace flexibility, commit to a lifetime of learning, and creatively approach problem-solving. How do we prepare for a future we cannot predict? Agility is the answer.
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 10:10 - 10:50
    Lee Sankey and Rebecca Kemp will discuss the concept of design driven change and how design and Agile can compliment and augment each other to create more even impactful approaches.
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 11:10 - 12:00
    In this session, Liam will share findings from Google’s Project Aristotle research, including what makes an effective team, how to identify dynamics of a high-performing team, and how managers can help teams take action.
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 11:10 - 12:00
    The lean procurement canvas and Lean-Agile procurement offers a similar disruptive approach for procurement and partner management as the business model canvas and lean startup offered for business development. It’s now possible to source even complex cases in days instead of months. Mirko will be sharing his learnings from the field and the outcomes for customers, employees and stakeholders.
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 11:10 - 12:00
    For more information on roundtable sessions, download the event app.
    Delivery Track
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 13:00 - 13:45
    Delivery Track
    Keynotes
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 13:55 - 14:55
    Table 1 Pulse and Matrix – What does an Agile Culture look like? Table 2 Agile Leadership Coaching Toolkit – How to use self-coaching to deliver meaningful change Table 3 AgilePX – What are your challenges recruiting and keeping good Agile people? Table 4 Agile Strategy – Is traditional strategy appropriate in an Agile world?
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 13:55 - 14:55
    Andy Barton, Aylesbury Vale District Council By recognising the need to change a district council in the South East has undergone a transformation process that began with breaking out of the old council mould and introducing a commercial culture which cuts across everything they do. For the last two years, a commercial behaviours approach has been a catalyst for internal cultural transformation. This transformation emerged top-down to create a business focussed workforce with the ability to adapt easily to change. The test now is to sustain this behaviour-led programme and embed it within all employees. Interesting points from this case study include the challenge of managing service and operational knowledge, the removing silos and old behaviours and strategic flexibility, which emerged as a prominent positive feature. Manal Koujan Manal currently works as an independent consultant at a German bank and is presently the Product Manager for the banks’s strategic Profit and Loss Platform, and she'll be sharing details of their Agile experiences. Philippe Guenet, Henko “Next year, we’ll all be 80% agile”, promised the CIO. For which outcomes? Reducing costs? Becoming digitally competitive? What does 80% Agile mean anyway? Many digital transformations and Agile adoption programmes start on this wrong foot. This leads to huge efforts and expenses for very little tangible returns in terms of business outcomes. Eventually the development teams are doing Scrum, but the delivery is still challenged, waste is high, and innovation is not getting any faster. What have those efforts missed? The overwhelming answer is people & leadership! In this talk, Philippe will explore developing the three levels of Digital Intelligence with teams & leadership and give practical examples of how to move from resistance to active facilitation of digital performance.
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 13:55 - 14:45
    For more information on roundtable sessions, download the event app.
    Delivery Track
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 15:05 - 15:50
    Scrum has been around for over 21 years, and there is a lot of myths and misunderstanding. We will explore what it is, what has changed and where it is going. The simplicity of the framework confuses many people, so we will use a few different models to discuss it.
    Delivery Track
    Where
    Broadgate 1

  • 15:05 - 15:50
    As the world of work continues to evolve, the HR function is faced with a number of challenges and opportunities in helping an organisation adapt. We have put together an incredible panel of leaders in the field representing some of the most forward looking organisations in the world. In this session we will hear their perspectives on the shifts happening in HR, and how Agile principles and techniques are being applied to the function in practice.
    People Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2

  • 15:05 - 15:50
    Blockchain… Short term fad or technology of the future? To find out the answer to this question and to delve into real world applications of Blockchain don't miss Vlad Nanu, Amdaris Co-CEO giving his presentation using live case studies. What is Blockchain and why is it important to talk about it? Why is Blockchain mostly used in cryptocurrency? How can blockchain be used in other industries? Why Blockchain may not have a future and may be a thing of the past in a few years? How could Blockchain become the main stream technology for the future?
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Bishopsgate

  • 16:00 - 16:40
    5 keynotes, 27 seminars, 4 panel sessions and a selection of games and roundtables, hosted by over 40 inspiring speakers. It’ll be a busy two days, packed with insights and learning. Who better to draw it all together than the provoking and energetic Prof Eddie Obeng? Described as 'Human RedBull' by RedBull, Eddie is well known for his ground breaking insights and tools summarised in his extremely popular TED Talk. He's behind many high profile transformations: like the innovation burst at Danone, the delivery of successful, inspiring change and leadership in HSBC and the 90% innovation-cost reduction, using QUBE spatial-collaboration at JDE Coffee. His framework on innovation powers all UK Government’s strategic investment in innovation. Eddie understands what’s needed to keep businesses successful. Eddie has written 10 books on innovation, change and leadership including the Financial Times best seller All Change! He understands business agility and will draw from his deep wealth of experience to add a unique perspective to the insights from the conference. He holds a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to knowledge on how to make change happen, and will pull together the three themes of people, strategy and delivery to ensure delegates have a chance to reflect on their learning and consider what will change for them when they leave the conference and return to the workplace. Eddie’s closing keynote will offer rare and powerful insights, frameworks and tools allowing you to put your vision from this conference to work.
    Delivery Track
    Keynotes
    People Track
    Strategy Track
    Where
    Broadgate 2