29th of October, Thursday
There will be 4 tracks of talks and two workshops running in parallel. Please scroll down to see full program.
Arie van Bennekum
Keynote: Agile Today
n 2020 the world changed in a very disruptive way, now what? Many companies struggle. People can’t come to the office or maybe a little, depending on where you are in the world. Business models and options change quicker than you can imagine or disappear at all.
What about Agile in this era?
As one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, Arie van Bennekum will share not only his vision but also what he did with his teams to be able to bring sustainable change for his clients.
Redefining leadership in a not-so-normal world. Shift from a culture of permission and waiting, to intent and action
Our old ideas of good leadership is where the leader knows all, tells all and is always in control. In fact, it’s difficult for us to change because those old habits are so hardwired in our brains! Intent-Based Leadership™ offers a way for us to rewire: to give control, trust and learn to be okay with not having all the answers. Jenni will share more on why and how leaders can set the environment for others to excel and act to the maximum extent of their creativity and intellect; where team members come to the leader describing what they see, what they think, and what they intend to do. The result: the culture of the organization shifts from one of permission and waiting, to intent and action, and people feel more valued and come to better solutions. A way of leading that is especially relevant in today's world.
Covid19: A Catalyst for Agility? Insights relating to Organisational culture and Mindset
In these COVID-19 times the phrase ‘the new normal’ has become ubiquitous - this enforced disruptive change has resulted in challenges to long-held beliefs about how organisations are able to function effectively.
Bob Willis is an Enterprise Agile Coaches in the IBM European Centre of Competence. In this session he will discuss experiences from the trenches of remote Agile coaching and training in support of organisations’ need to embrace flexibility and adaptability. Post-COVID, a period of reflection and rebuilding will naturally occur but using this crisis to refocus on culture and mindset as it pertains to Business Agility and Organisational Design is of paramount importance - those that embrace this opportunity will be better placed to succeed.
Prof. Armin Trost
Leadership in Times of Uncertainty
Agile leadership and organization has always been an answer to uncertainty, complexity and speed. On top of the already existing uncertainty came the Corona-crisis adding even more uncertainty on all levels. Some call for strong leadership and guidance demonstrated by a strong authority. Some call for even more self-organization, trust and freedom to act. Already existing dilemmas became even more visible and have been amplified. In this keynote a few hypotheses will be outlined on how the Corona-crisis might affect the way we lead and collaborate in the future.
Thierry de Pauw
I Have 99 Problems - Where Do I Start? The Theory of Constraints Applied
Your IT organization is surrounded by problems preventing it to satisfy market demand on time with the required quality. Where do you start?
35 years ago, Eliyahu Goldratt introduced the Theory of Constraints in his seminal book "The Goal" as a new management paradigm to running manufacturing plants. Back then, manufacturing plants had similar problems: The production work floor was surrounded by inventory, resulting in late deliveries having poor quality. The Theory of Constraints solved that problem for manufacturing by introducing the five focusing steps - a guideline to systematic improvement and continuous learning.
Today, the Theory of Constraints is one of the underlying foundations for the DevOps movement. It hasn't lost any of its potential for organizing thought, and as a driver for continuous improvement.
During this session, we will present the basic principles of the Theory of Constraints, and how it applies to the software industry. It will be a mix of theory, related stories and experiences, and practical advice applicable to the day-to-day work of an IT department.
Be able to understand the Theory of Constraints.
Be able to identify the constraint/bottleneck in the organization's value streams.
Understand the five focusing steps and how to use them to methodically improve overall performance
Force-restart: Case study
COVID-19 pandemic has struck my ground a lot - all my projects were suddenly put on hold, teams were disbanded. And, a couple of months later, everything had to be stood up again in a few weeks! I want to share a case study of how it has been managed, what I changed after the lockdown, my challenges, mistakes, wins, lessons learned and new ways of working.
Sketchnoting as a tool for effective thinking and conversations
This is for everybody who needs masterfully and visually communicate important messages, enhance meetings, project works and the creation of strategies. If you need to provide overview and shared understanding for teams and groups in all sizes, collaborate purposefully, communicate effectively and navigate in complexity. It will be hands-on talk or workshop which means that I will make everybody to draw with me. I encourage the participants to draw and use simpler drawing techniques in professional life. Additionally, we learn to piece the drawings together in strategic contexts, how a picture can support important texts and how to create complete visuals- the templates. For that I use Chaordic Stepping Stones ( the Dee Hock chaos and order theory for leading and managing changes)
Implementing Agile in agile way
Birutė Beniušytė, Head of IT in SEB Baltics, Inga Ruduša, Head of Products and Channels development in SEB Baltics, and Danil Michailovas, Agile Coach from AgileCoach.lt, will share their story about Agile transformation journey in SEB Business development an IT development organisations and the breakthrough moment when leadership team decided to apply Scrum for change management.
Unlock disruptive innovation with Crisis & simulations
Why to wait for a crisis to be in a better place if we can learn to unleash that power in a controlled manner? Are you willing to risk being part of this 20% of companies that have been damaged or even destroyed after a crisis? Consider that only 5% say they do not expect to experience a crisis in the future, Is your company ready? What is this crisis going to bring to your business?
Crisis simulations help organisations to unlock processes, informal structures, external connections and cultural values that allowed them to confront operational, technological, humanitarian, financial, legal, human capital, market and reputational crisis in a more structured, calm and successful way. Furthermore, crisis simulation can be the right spark to unlock your true innovation power.
In this workshop you will learn a simple and effective method to run crisis simulations in your organization. I'll be sharing experiences about how my customer benefit from this approach to build Resilience and innovation capabilities.
Twenty years ago, new products appeared in the market every year and disruptive changes in the market happened every decade. Now new products appear in the market every month and disruptive changes in the market happen every year. What will happen in 10 years from now? In ten years from now Agile won’t be enough we'll need to build a new level of adaptability, organisational resilience. Understanding Resilience as the capability of an organization to recover quickly from unexpected difficulties.
Contingency plans are not enough. Crisis simulation help organisations not only to be ready to overcome extreme changes in the market and reshape for the new conditions faster, but to be the disruptive change in the market themselves.
Charles-Louis de Maere
Fairy tales are useful and true, because they help us make sense of the world around us. Through this workshop, I will bring the power of storytelling together with group discussions, in order for us to uncover the wisdom hidden behind the text. Throughout the workshop, we will work with understanding and listening to one another, as well as creating a shared meaning and understanding. This can only happen when we let go of our certainty and I do believe that this is what the world currently needs the most.
Martin von Weissenberg
How to measure and visualize your organizational culture to improve your working environment
"Well, that's the way we do things around here." Organizational culture can be a source of comfort and stability in uncertain times... or it can be the stone wall that prevents fresh ideas and much needed change. Having the best agile frameworks and mechanics in place will not help much if the organizational culture is fragmented and misaligned.
Unfortunately, most companies are not even aware that they have a company culture. If they are, their main tool for improving the culture tends to be motivational posters.
Considering that culture eats strategy for breakfast, we think it’s high time to take a sharp look at how people do things around there. In this workshop we will look at the importance of having a well understood and coherent culture, explore various ways of visualizing it, and finally see how the impact of improvement actions can be observed and tracked.