Round Table Sessions October 6th 2016

In-depth discussions on a variety of topics have been scheduled for our Round Table sessions.  These will be taking place in the morning and repeated in the afternoon of each day and there is plenty of opportunity to take part.   Table topics will grow over the coming weeks,  and if you have a specific topic you would like to see included, please let us know at info@agileconference.org

Agile Leader – Servant Leader – Agnieszka Gasperini

Agnieszka Gasperini
Agnieszka Gasperini

Servant leadership is a philosophy about life and leadership.
This concept is seen as a long-term concept to live and work and therefore has the potential to influence the society in a positive way.
Servant Leaders engender trust, which catalyzes higher levels of worker engagement.

During the session we will discuss Characteristics of Servant Leader:

  1. Listening
  2. Empathy
  3. Healing
  4. Awareness
  5. Persuasion
  6. Conceptualization
  7. Foresight
  8. Stewardship
  9. Commitment to the growth of people
  10. Building community

“The servant-leader is servant first… it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” Robert K. Greenleaf

Agnieszka Gasperini is a Project Manager (PMP) with over 17- years experience in multi-international projects and knowledge of 5 languages.
Since 2003 Agnieszka is managing consulting company PMC Serves as interim Project Manager and Leader for international clients in diverse industries. Provide strategic and tactical aid with all aspects of projects including selecting and securing optimal EU assistance programme, Project Management, employee training and development.
Agnieszka started her business career in Siemens AG in 1999 in IT/Telecom Technical Department. She created brand new culture of professional project managers in Siemens as 1st to pass PMP exam.
Actually, she is leading an international company called Practical Thinking Group. Her role is Managing Director for EMEA www.practical-thinking.com
Agnieszka served as the President of Poland Chapter of PMI® and is currently part of PMI GOC, as PMI Region Mentor for Central Europe.
She has presented both nationally and internationally of the topic of project management.

 

 

Andrew Craddock
Andrew Craddock

The Future of Business Agility – Andrew Craddock

Focusing on one organisation’s view of making this a reality.  Let’s discuss!

 

 

 

 

What can I do to improve my team’s performance? – Matt Roadnight and Alan Furlong

Alan Furlong
Alan Furlong
Matt Roadnight
Matt Roadnight

Agile frameworks primarily focus on measuring and improving the throughput of knowledge work. They achieve this by improving process efficiencies, product quality, and effectiveness through constant feedback and a focus on outcomes, metrics and delivering more value faster. Resulting in improved organisational performance and product delivery times.

There is only so far these approaches will take you without addressing the potential production line nature of the resulting systems. After the budget, scope and cost cuts there’s only one more place to go to improve performance further, the reservoir of human drive and potential.

There is a lot of academic research, talks, books and articles around this topic, but how can we practicality takes steps to improve an individual’s connection with the work they do and improve the team environment they work in to support people to be fully engaged, energised and focussed on their daily challenge?

We will share with you experiences and explore practical steps you can take to improve your team’s environment, performance and general wellbeing.

 

Steve Messenger
Steve Messenger

Creating a sustainable Agile culture throughout your business – Steve Messenger

In this round table session, we will explore what an Agile culture really means, particularly considering:

– The role of the leader / manager
– What Agile expects from stakeholders
– The impact on, and of, governance and budgeting
– Understanding the impact on and needs of individuals within an Agile environment.

Hugh Ivory
Hugh Ivory

 

What’s in it for me – Hugh Ivory

  • “What’s in it for Me?” Considering the benefits and impacts of agile transformation from the perspective of some of the key stakeholders
    • Agile is part of, and supports the culture change needed for high performing organisations:
      • Eliminate false certainty
      • Embrace transparency
      • Collaborate
      • Bring IT and Business together
      • Delegate and Empower (appropriately)
      • Encourage team and organisational learning
      • Encourage personal mastery and discipline
    • But all transformation is personal. People will understand, collaborate in and lead change if they can understand the benefits on a personal level.
    • In this round-table we will take a User-focused perspective on agile transformation. I’ll bring some examples based on the key persona’s normally involved, and we can then develop some additional persona’s based on the needs around the table.

 

Matt Cheung
Matt Cheung

What do you find challenging about getting agile to work across the enterprise? – Matt Cheung

Building or transforming a business to be agile can be tough. Let’s discuss what difficulties we’ve seen and what we’ve seen work in overcoming them.

Matt Cheung is a director and founder of Clarasys, one of the UK’s fastest-growing Agile business consultancies.

 

 

What makes good product leadership? – Edward Scotcher

Ed Scotcher
Ed Scotcher

Digital delivery transformation can often lead to a desire to become a ‘product led’ business, but what does this mean in reality? Come along to this round table discussion if you’d like to find more about:

  • What it means to be a product manager instead of a project manager.
  • How to set yourself up for success right from the start.
  • What are the opportunities for and threats to delivery along the way?
  • Sharing hints and tips about building confidence and reducing risk.

Edward Scotcher is the Chief Operating Officer at Agility in Mind. A leading agile product delivery expert, he is devoted to helping organisations improve the way they work through lean and agile business transformations, team building, agile coaching and training – with a particular emphasis on helping senior teams navigate business change in an effective and sustainable way. Ed is also an author and a popular speaker at many meet­ups and conferences which focus on both business agility and corporate cultural change.

 

Mark Buchan
Mark Buchan

The psychology of Agile coaching – Mark Buchan

In this round table mark will lead a discussion on the principles and practices of how the psychology of teams and individuals often sabotages agile behaviour and mindset.

Mark Buchan is an Agile coach, consultant and psychologist who currently works for Allianz Uk. Mark has 25 years experience in the IT industry which includes over 15 years as a psychologist helping individuals and teams adapt to change.

 

 

Agile Leadership – Dr Islam Choudhury

Islam Choudhury
Islam Choudhury

As more companies are either transforming into or have already transformed into an agile business organisation, the need to develop effective Agile Leaders to enable and sustain this change is of paramount importance. This round table will ask, discuss and attempt to understand agile leadership by asking the following questions: Should there be a difference between well-established leadership practices with agile leadership? If there should be a difference what is agile leadership? Can the agile values, philosophy, principles, practices and techniques be integrated into an Agile Leader? We will discuss what should be the mind-set of an agile leader and attempt to formulate a set of values and skill set an agile leader should possess. Should we develop an agile board of directors in an organisation? We will start off with the premise that Agile leaders should create an environment of trust, honesty, integrity, clear communication and transparency that inspire and enable the people in their organisation to be motivated to work in an effective, collaborative and self-directive way to deliver prioritised business value continuously. We will present a set of values an agile leader should possess and then prioritise these values in terms of importance to the success of an agile business. We may not be able to answer all these questions in this short time but we will have started a very valuable discussion that we can continue with and work towards really understanding Agile Leadership.

 

Clare Holman
Clare Holman

Discover the secrets to unlocking acceptance to change – Clare Holman

You might think if a ‘change programme’ is well planned, properly managed and well communicated, people will act logically, rationally and buy in to the change. You might also have experienced that this is seldom the case. Why?
Enabling successful change is not just about planning and communicating the change itself. We must also focus on how we can influence the transition.
Clare will lead a round table conversation that will introduce and explore the key ingredients for engaging teams during times of change so you can influence buy in and enable smooth transition. Clare will also introduce you to the importance of the Unconscious at times of change using PRINT – a tool that leaders can use to unveil the secrets behind resistance and gain faster acceptance of change. Clare is Head of Consultancy and Learning at award winning Transformational Communications agency, H&H and PRINT Profile Ltd.

 

Knowledge Sharing Beyond the Team – Peggy Gregory and Kati Kuusinen

Peggy Gregory
Peggy Gregory
Kati Kuusinen
Kati Kuusinen

Agile principles value collaboration and strong customer/user involvement to reduce misunderstandings and build better relationships. However, whilst individuals often see the importance of sharing within the boundaries of their own team, it seems more difficult to spread this best practice wider. This Round Table session will share experiences and explore the difficulties of knowledge sharing between teams and to wider organisational stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

Syed Abbas
Syed Abbas

Measuring and Delivering Business Value – Syed Abbas

Measuring what is getting delivered has always been a hard topic since its mean as different things meaning to different people.

Does delivering business Value answer that?
What do we mean by business value?
What are the different ways to measure business value?

This session will be a facilitated discussion where we share and hear the views and experiences from the attendees and consultants.

 

John Sweet
John Sweet

How do we move from ‘doing agile’ to ‘being agile’? – John Sweet

Our teams are doing the process and we are getting benefits but teams still do not talk to each other and we don’t get many contributions to Retrospectives.

How do we move from doing agile to being agile?

This session will be a facilitated discussion where we share and hear the views and experiences from the attendees and consultants.

 

 

Francesco Bruno
Francesco Bruno

Centre of Excellence, or Centre for Excellence? – Francesco Bruno

We often see agile transformations start as groundswell of practitioners trying out agile to learn and adapt development practices.

How do start to make sure we are being consistent in our practices across our organization? What are some of the things we can do to give us our best chance of success?

This session will be a facilitated discussion where we share and hear the views and experiences from the attendees and consultants.

 

 

Ian Mitchell
Ian Mitchell

How can we think about managing our transformation in an agile way? Backlog driven transformation – Ian Mitchell

Getting teams up to speed following the new Agile ways of working is hard enough.

How do we start thinking about transformation? Let’s talk about backlog driven transformation.

This session will be a facilitated discussion where we share and hear the views and experiences from the attendees and consultants.