Talks at AgileX Conference

DateTime (CAT time zone)SpeakerTopicSummary of Talk
4 October 202114h00 – 14h30Erich R. BuhlerLeading in times of exponential changeIt seems impossible to effectively lead an organization in times of constant change in the markets that seem to intensify every week. Reality is far from changing, and new theories and ideas are needed to chart a course in times of such uncertainty. How is it possible to lead an organization that is subject to market disruptions? How is it possible to keep the focus on what is important? For this, it is necessary to incorporate new ideas that go beyond classic agility or business agility and focus on the new theories and practices of Enterprise Agility. This talk is for leaders, managers, and anyone else who is trying to create sustainable change in their business.
14h30 – 15h00Florence ChikoworeLanding successful change in an Agile environmentIn the age of “agile transformation”, not evaluating the human aspects leads to chaos and confusion. We end up with a little bit of everything: well-meaning people trying to do something without full sponsorship, executives “buying” ready-made frameworks as a “magic solution” to their problems. Does agile mimic life? If yes, in what aspects? Why is this important? The audience will go on a journey that prompts them to reflect on how Agile presents in daily life. In order to embrace the ever changing nature of Agile projects it is necessary to relate on a human level. Managing change is to humanise it, it is about reducing resistance and increasing engagement. What is different about agile change management? It is responsive in nature and centred around empathy and teaming. It is not by chance that the word “COLLABORATION” brings with it the composition of three words: CO + LABOR + ACTION: CO: belief, together, shared; LABOR: competence, work, task, challenge; ACTION: attitude, movement, energy. All together moving in the same direction, working towards the same goal. The project can only move as fast as the slowest key stakeholder so it’s vital to be on the ball with communications and expectation management.
15h00 – 15h30Michael K. SahotaThe SHIFT314 Evolutionary Leadership Framework (SELF): Scaling Excellence with PeopleWe cover the highlights and the foundation of the SELF from the book “Leading Beyond Change: A Practical Guide to Evolving Business Agility”. The SELF can be understood as a way to rethink Agile at an organizational level and it’s application to all new ways of working: Agile, Digital, Lean, etc. At the core is an advanced approach and an integrated understanding of culture, leadership and organizational change. Culture shift comes with the evolution of people – that’s what Evolutionary Leadership is all about: it’s the natural successor of Servant Leadership where individual evolution is the fundamental unit of real change.
15h30 – 16h00Gitte KlitgaardThe future requires safetyPsychological safety is being able to show and employ one’s self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career” (Kahn). In Project Aristotle, Google researchers looked into what makes a team effective and discovered that the main factor was feeling psychologically safe. Creating this workspace helps grow effectiveness, innovation, and learning. The organization of the future has to be a learning organization as well as flexible and innovative and it is not easy to find and retain people. The leaders of our organisations need to create environments that provide safety so we can build all of this. Come learn more about psychological safety and the leadership of the future.
16h00 – 17h00Ahmed SidkyThe Mindset, Culture, and Muscles of Business AgilityThe world is changing more rapidly than ever before. Organizations of every size are overwhelmed by the pace of change and are being constantly challenged to understand & react to the major disruptions in the marketplace and in their organizations. High-performing and adaptable organizations that leverage, lead, and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market will be in the best position to win with their customers. We call this business agility; the set of organizational capabilities, behaviors, and ways of working that affords your business the freedom & flexibility to achieve its purpose – no matter what the future brings. In this talk, Ahmed Sidky, Head of Business Agility at Riot Games and co-founder of the Business Agility Institute, will highlight the mindset and culture necessary to endure the journey of improving your company’s Business Agility. Business Agility is not something an organization has or doesn’t, it is more like fitness or athletic performance, your organization can increase its agility with intentional, deliberate, and disciplined effort. So using the Domains of Business Agility (published by the Business Agility Institute) Ahmed will explain the 12 different “muscles” that an organization needs to “exercise” in order to increase its agility.
5 October 202114h00 – 14h30Sonja BlignautCultivating complexity fitnessWhat is complexity and how is it different from complicatedness or order – Normalising complexity – it is not new, we already know how to navigate it; it’s not good or bad or something to “simplify” – there is opportunity in complexity – Understanding our normal human nervous system responses to uncertainty and flux and how mindfulness practice is helpful – Practical ways to cultivate complexity fitness – Be COOL in complexity (COOL is an acronym for 4 meta skills we need in complexity)
14h30 – 15h00Sunil MundraFast Pace Change-Threat Or Opportunity?The Key challenge organisations are facing today is having to deal with the exponential rate of change which is happening in the external environment. The extent and pace of change is so disruptive that no organisation, regardless of age or size can take their competitive advantage or even their survival for granted. This talk with highlight the impact of fast paced change, and the implications for organizations. The talk will suggest practical approaches which leaders can adopt to make their organizations ready to embrace change and leverage it for creating competitive advantage.
15h00 – 16h00Mia KolmodinTBA
16h00 – 16h30John le DrewOnce upon a time in agileStories are the foundation of human experience. They are what define us, individually and collectively. They engage us, entertain us, bring us together and drive us apart. What stories do you tell about you? Who knows your stories? Everyone? Perhaps just a select few? Maybe, just you. In this session, we explore how our individual journeys to self-acceptance and alignment are also the heart of how we can work with and support teams. We will learn about how to truly help teams move towards agility, by helping them find and own their process and tell their own story. So they stay aligned and can continually realign when their context changes. * Why authenticity and self-acceptance matters for both individuals and teams. * How to create lasting change in teams, without imposing process or creating learned helplessness. * How to help teams own their process and tell their own story. Over the last 20 years, John has helped countless teams. But since 2017, when his world was turned upside down, he realised that changing a team is exactly what gets in the way of a team changing.
16h30 – 17h00Dr. Andre VermeulenNeuro-agility – The starting point for all people development initiativesThe age of disruption calls for companies to plan for positions that don’t exist now and recruit and develop talent that will be agile and competent enough to fill those positions. This calls for sourcing and developing agile people who can fill those positions because they have the ability to learn, unlearn, relearn and multi-skill fast and easy in new, first time situations. Before people can be agile at learning, thinking, emotions, leadership and how they perform in teams, they need to optimize the drivers that impact the ease and speed with which they learn, think and process information and integrate the neurophysiological elements which determine their neurological design and impact their mental flexibility. Being able to optimize these brain-based elements will enable people to be neuro agile, which is the starting point for developing agile people. During this session Dr. André Vermeulen will explore how the construct of neuro-agility helps coaching professionals to develop talent, improve their client’s performance and reduce their risk for human error.
6 October 202114h00 – 14h30Lisa CooneyAgile 2: The Next Iteration of AgileThe Agile movement took us away from big up-front plans, micromanagement, and projects-by-numbers. Yet it dismissed the importance of leadership, structure, forethought, and individual differences. It defined one-size-fits-all practices, often favouring some styles of work over others, and too often defined by frameworks or methodologies that were pushed in an all-or-nothing way by their most ardent advocates. Despite its technical roots, Agile also quickly devalued the importance of engineering. A fresh start was needed: a start that is informed by the first Agile experiment, but that does not hesitate to make major departures: a new beginning. We call it Agile 2.
14h30 – 15h00Cliff PollanThe 4th Revolution – How not to suck at meetings?The 4th revolution relies on people working together. Today, most of our meetings suck. It is time to revolt against traditional meetings which all too often lead frustration and more meetings. We will use new approaches including Liberating Structures to involve everyone and for everyone to have a voice.
15h00 – 15h30Cliff HazellTitle – Beyond Copy Paste AgileToday it’s common for company leaders to express a desire to be more agile, and many embark on expensive change journeys to make their teams more agile. After years on this journey fraught with “resistance” and lots of change, and yet seldom able to show results that are meaningful to customers or the business Part of the problem is the core assumption that the issues, and therefore solutions exist at the team level. My experience is that to delight customers, a collaboration between teams and departments is essential. But, unfortunately, focusing on the parts (individuals and teams) rarely improves the whole in ways customers will appreciate. In this session, I will draw in my experiences as a Business Manager, Product Lead, and Coach designing effective organisations at Spotify. To demonstrate how the three lenses of Systems, Science and Sapiens, help gather broader perspective, ultimately leading to a more effective, longer-lasting, impact.
15h30 – 16h00Jorgen Hesselberg7 Signs You are on the Path to Organizational AgilityOrganizations place operational agility as one of their top strategic priorities, yet enterprise transformations fail for many reasons. How do you know you’re on the right path? What are some of the concrete signs that your organization is becoming more Agile? In this talk, Jorgen Hesselberg goes beyond the tools, frameworks, and hype to outline seven concrete signs that show you’re on your way to unlocking agility.
16h00 – 16h30Evan LeybournCertain uncertaintyThe world is changing more rapidly than ever before and organisations of every size are struggling to remain relevant in the eyes of their customers. The simple fact that the average lifespan of a company has decreased by more than 50 years in the last century demonstrates that not all organisations are prepared for this new reality. It is only high-performing, adaptable and agile organisations that will leverage, lead and thrive in this ambiguous and unpredictable market. We call this business agility. The problem with a statement like that is that there is no common definition of what business agility means. And that’s actually a good thing. In a dynamic and changing market trying to lock it down will defeat the very advantage it brings. Instead, I want you to start thinking of business agility as the common thread. An adaptable and sustainable narrative that binds & guides, rather than directs, us into the uncertain future.
16h30 – 17h00Jardena LondonOrganizational Resiliency Through a Living Systems LensThere’s been a lot of buzz about Organizational Resiliency, but nothing on how to actually DO it. For starters, individual resiliency does not aggregate into Organizational Resiliency. Looking through a Living System lens, organizations can create conditions for resiliency. We start by putting structures in place that create resiliency, and weeding out those that hamper it. In this talk, we’ll look through a Living Systems lens at: • Why individual resiliency doesn’t add up to Organizational Resiliency; • Why fortification is different than resiliency; • How to create conditions for resiliency; • Why diversity builds resiliency; • The leader’s role in building Organizational Resiliency.
17h00 – 17h30Natal DankCo-creating great employee experience with Agile HRHow do you design great people practices to support business agility? We know many HR, L&D, OD and Organisational Change teams are wrestling with this hot topic, unsure of where and how to start. In her recent book, Agile HR: Delivering Value in a Changing World of Work, Natal Dank shares a collection of design principles that these teams can use to develop an amazing employee experience, just like a customer journey, full of moments that matter for your people and brand. In this session, Natal will help you quickly translate the Agile mindset into your own context and apply the tools you’ll need to co-create a great employee experience with your people. This is a great introduction if you’re new to using Agile within HR, L&D, OD and Organisational Change.