Two days packed with awesome talks and opportunities to engage and interact with other speakers & participants.

All times are in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

  • 23 July 2020
  • 24 July 2020
  • All Rooms
  • Foyer
  • Plenary
  • Track 1
  • Track 2
12:00 PM - 12:30 PMConference Registration & Check-in

TBC

12:30 PM - 01:00 PMConference Welcome
01:00 PM - 01:30 PMFlight Levels – The organisation’s missing link to Business Agility By Klaus Leopold

Flight Levels take off – literally.

More and more organisations are moving away from local agile sub-optimisation and are using Flight Levels as a model to enable the entire organisation to act agile in the market. In this session, Klaus will present how you can use Flight Levels to implement corporate strategy.

01:30 PM - 02:00 PMNot all pirates are the same – How intrapreneurs can drive transformation By Tendayi Viki

It was Steve Jobs who said it is better to be a pirate than to join the navy.

However, for intrapreneurs who work inside large companies, this distinction between being a pirate and joining the navy does not work very well. We have to innovate within the large organisations that we work for. In other words, we are Pirates In The Navy!

This keynote focuses on how intrapreneurs can drive the transformation of their companies into innovation engines. Tendayi will address how innovators can gain legitimacy within their company to drive innovation as a repeatable process. He will discuss how to get early wins, how to build a coalition of leaders to support our movement and how to sustain the momentum of change over time. The secret to all this? Not all pirates are the same. Join us to find out more!

  • Format: Webinar with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Polls & Chat
02:10 PM - 02:40 PMLet’s create happy, productive workplaces By Henry Stewart

Explore when people work at their best, discover how to increase trust and freedom within your organisation and learn how to create a great workplace culture. You will be challenged but also leave with practical ideas to use when you get back to work.

Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. “He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business”, explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.

  • Format: Interactive talk with breakouts.
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
  • Other Tools: Slido or Google Jamboard
02:10 PM - 02:40 PMSQ – The Intelligence of Humility & Creativity By Raji Bhamidipati & Mat Hayes

You’ve heard of IQ.. maybe you’ve heard of EQ… but have you heard of SQ?

Spiritual Intelligence allows us to consider the ability to act with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of circumstances. Signs of high SQ include humility and the ability to think out of the box.

In the session you will gain awareness of the principles that demonstrate Spiritual Intelligence, and reflect on its potential relevance to you and others.

If you want to find out more and contemplate how you can make use of the principles, join us to explore together.

Note: References to SQ in this workshop have no connotations to religion.

03:10 PM - 03:40 PMThe hairy story of dependencies By Troy Magennis

Learning how to spot what dependencies cause the most impact will help you improve flow and avoid emotional insanity. This session will explore the different types, the impact of, and how to manage dependencies in lean agile development.

03:10 PM - 03:40 PMBuilding trust with online teambuilding By Evelien Ross

During the session you will discover why you need to take some extra effort when you want to build strong distributed teams. Together with the participants we will share ideas on how to build trust within your (distributed) teams. During this session you will learn more about credibility, reliability and intimacy, the building blocks of trust. This will not be a 30 minute lecture, it will be an interactive, engaging collaboration with hopefully a lot of practical tips for you to take along to your teams.

Key take aways
– Understand why trust is important
– Understand what the building blocks of trust are
– Practical examples on how to work on building trust

  • Format: Interactive Talk with Breakouts
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
  • Other Tools: Mural
03:50 PM - 04:20 PMLeaning into Agile to cope with a crisis By Dana James-Edwards

A chance to peek behind the scenes of a range of organisations of different sizes, across industry groups who embraced Lean and Agile principles and practices to transform their businesses during the pandemic. Some experienced practitioners, others learning as they went along, and some not even realising that there was a name for what they were doing until they had already done it. Hear their tales of tears and triumph, frustration and fearlessness and listen to key lessons and takeaways expressed in their own words before seeing the end results. Inspirational true stories alongside the opportunity to uncover how their experiences and journeys might change your approach to the current crisis.

  • Format: Webinar with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Mentimeter
03:50 PM - 04:20 PMWhy we should look to optimise beyond team level By Maria Connor

As agile practitioners we focus a lot on agile teams, transforming teams to “be more agile”, and generally improving individual teams. Quite often we find that although we’ve worked really hard to optimise our teams difficult problems can still remain. Agile teams are just a single part of an overall system. Our organisational system is really dependent on how the teams interact and how they work together to deliver value.

In this talk Maria will share her company’s story of why and how they changed their thinking to look beyond team level to optimise their organisation as a whole. She’ll share the successes, mistakes and subsequent learnings they’ve experienced on their journey so far.

04:50 PM - 05:20 PM5 (not so easy) steps to leading agility By Helen Lisowski

This interactive talk will cover five key things you need to grow a successful agile company. You need to step through them all, in turn, to release agility in your organisation. In all good faith we perhaps try introducing and embedding various frameworks into the organisation as a focus of activity, but this is done without building the solid foundations – the things that are needed in order to get the desired outcome and be successful.

This interactive talk is an experiment in crowd-sourced data around the 5 steps. We will discover how well each of our own companies have built the foundations, and (rather excitingly) see how well our peers think theirs have done too!

04:50 PM - 05:20 PMMapping your maturity: how to create contextually-appropriate learning models By Marc Burgauer

When we look to improve our teams or our organisations, we often reach for a maturity model. Such models first prompt an assessment that grades us on the model’s scale and then offers recipes to pursue greatness. It might tell us that we don’t visualise well, that our stories aren’t perfectly formed or that we haven’t thought holistically enough and what we should do to get better. But. Do maturity models really help us, especially from an organisational perspective? Do they motivate collective learning and do they help solve the real problems we are facing as teams or team of teams?

One of the issues with the maturity models that we often use, is that they are context free. They don’t consider our environment, they don’t reflect the challenges and the specific needs we have in our context.

Stephen Kemmis (@KemmisStephen) explains that learning can only be observed when we see that practice changes. Investigating learning through the lens of practices shifts the focus from what we know to what we do (and how we do it). How does that help with the problems of conventional maturity models? How does it improve our ability to assess our maturity?

Maturity Mapping, originally dreamed up by Chris McDermott (@chrisvmcd), is a visualisation method, based on Social Practice Theory, Wardley Mapping and informed by Cyenfin, which focuses on practices as the unit of analysis. 

In this session Marc will present what Chris and he have learned in developing this practice and how it is unlocking how to think about collective improvement.

05:30 PM - 06:00 PMUsing Design Thinking to map, bridge and integrate cultural diversity By Glaudia Califano

Today, organisations become increasingly culturally diverse. Diverse cross-cultural teams have members that bring unique experiences and different perspectives from a mixture of different cultural backgrounds. It is well understood that diverse cultural perspectives can lead to a wider range of creativity and drive innovation.

However, failing to consider fundamental cultural differences within a team is likely to lead to unhealthy conflict and frustration. Failing to integrate and leverage diverse cultural perspectives will almost certainly lead to teams wasting their potential.

Design thinking can be described as a process for creative problem solving. It has a human-centered core and encourages organisations to focus on the people they’re creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes.

But why not apply this approach to map, bridge and integrate the cultural diversity found in teams and organisations? A few years after having these initial ideas, Glaudia Califano shares her experience experimenting with taking a Design Thinking approach to building great teams, and how this has helped in changing organisational structures and change management.

  • Format: Talk with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Mentimeter & Zoom Chat

05:30 PM - 06:00 PMThe 7 C’s of Why By Karl Scotland

Why does agile work? What are some of the core traits that successful agile organisations exhibit?

This session will explore the answers to those questions with the help of the greatest rock band in the world.

  • Format: Interactive webinar
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Mentimeter
06:15 PM - 06:45 PMBuilding professional relationships via online video By Judy Rees

Whether you’re learning, buying or selling, personal relationships matter in business. But in our suddenly-fully-online world, some of the tools we’ve come to rely on – such as handshakes, eye contact and body language – are suddenly missing or profoundly changed.

So, how can we continue to build personal connections on online video calls? In this highly-interactive session, you’ll learn and practice some specific approaches that work.

The class will be led by Judy Rees, world-leading expert in creating engaging, participative online events.

NOTE: This is not a ‘talk’! Participants will be playing an active role and must expect to be heard and seen.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PMConference Registration & Check-in

TBC

12:30 PM - 01:00 PMConference Welcome
01:00 PM - 01:30 PMFlight Levels – The organisation’s missing link to Business Agility By Klaus Leopold

Flight Levels take off – literally.

More and more organisations are moving away from local agile sub-optimisation and are using Flight Levels as a model to enable the entire organisation to act agile in the market. In this session, Klaus will present how you can use Flight Levels to implement corporate strategy.

06:15 PM - 06:45 PMBuilding professional relationships via online video By Judy Rees

Whether you’re learning, buying or selling, personal relationships matter in business. But in our suddenly-fully-online world, some of the tools we’ve come to rely on – such as handshakes, eye contact and body language – are suddenly missing or profoundly changed.

So, how can we continue to build personal connections on online video calls? In this highly-interactive session, you’ll learn and practice some specific approaches that work.

The class will be led by Judy Rees, world-leading expert in creating engaging, participative online events.

NOTE: This is not a ‘talk’! Participants will be playing an active role and must expect to be heard and seen.

01:30 PM - 02:00 PMNot all pirates are the same – How intrapreneurs can drive transformation By Tendayi Viki

It was Steve Jobs who said it is better to be a pirate than to join the navy.

However, for intrapreneurs who work inside large companies, this distinction between being a pirate and joining the navy does not work very well. We have to innovate within the large organisations that we work for. In other words, we are Pirates In The Navy!

This keynote focuses on how intrapreneurs can drive the transformation of their companies into innovation engines. Tendayi will address how innovators can gain legitimacy within their company to drive innovation as a repeatable process. He will discuss how to get early wins, how to build a coalition of leaders to support our movement and how to sustain the momentum of change over time. The secret to all this? Not all pirates are the same. Join us to find out more!

  • Format: Webinar with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Polls & Chat
02:10 PM - 02:40 PMLet’s create happy, productive workplaces By Henry Stewart

Explore when people work at their best, discover how to increase trust and freedom within your organisation and learn how to create a great workplace culture. You will be challenged but also leave with practical ideas to use when you get back to work.

Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. “He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business”, explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.

  • Format: Interactive talk with breakouts.
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
  • Other Tools: Slido or Google Jamboard
03:10 PM - 03:40 PMThe hairy story of dependencies By Troy Magennis

Learning how to spot what dependencies cause the most impact will help you improve flow and avoid emotional insanity. This session will explore the different types, the impact of, and how to manage dependencies in lean agile development.

03:50 PM - 04:20 PMLeaning into Agile to cope with a crisis By Dana James-Edwards

A chance to peek behind the scenes of a range of organisations of different sizes, across industry groups who embraced Lean and Agile principles and practices to transform their businesses during the pandemic. Some experienced practitioners, others learning as they went along, and some not even realising that there was a name for what they were doing until they had already done it. Hear their tales of tears and triumph, frustration and fearlessness and listen to key lessons and takeaways expressed in their own words before seeing the end results. Inspirational true stories alongside the opportunity to uncover how their experiences and journeys might change your approach to the current crisis.

  • Format: Webinar with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Mentimeter
04:50 PM - 05:20 PM5 (not so easy) steps to leading agility By Helen Lisowski

This interactive talk will cover five key things you need to grow a successful agile company. You need to step through them all, in turn, to release agility in your organisation. In all good faith we perhaps try introducing and embedding various frameworks into the organisation as a focus of activity, but this is done without building the solid foundations – the things that are needed in order to get the desired outcome and be successful.

This interactive talk is an experiment in crowd-sourced data around the 5 steps. We will discover how well each of our own companies have built the foundations, and (rather excitingly) see how well our peers think theirs have done too!

05:30 PM - 06:00 PMUsing Design Thinking to map, bridge and integrate cultural diversity By Glaudia Califano

Today, organisations become increasingly culturally diverse. Diverse cross-cultural teams have members that bring unique experiences and different perspectives from a mixture of different cultural backgrounds. It is well understood that diverse cultural perspectives can lead to a wider range of creativity and drive innovation.

However, failing to consider fundamental cultural differences within a team is likely to lead to unhealthy conflict and frustration. Failing to integrate and leverage diverse cultural perspectives will almost certainly lead to teams wasting their potential.

Design thinking can be described as a process for creative problem solving. It has a human-centered core and encourages organisations to focus on the people they’re creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes.

But why not apply this approach to map, bridge and integrate the cultural diversity found in teams and organisations? A few years after having these initial ideas, Glaudia Califano shares her experience experimenting with taking a Design Thinking approach to building great teams, and how this has helped in changing organisational structures and change management.

  • Format: Talk with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Mentimeter & Zoom Chat

02:10 PM - 02:40 PMSQ – The Intelligence of Humility & Creativity By Raji Bhamidipati & Mat Hayes

You’ve heard of IQ.. maybe you’ve heard of EQ… but have you heard of SQ?

Spiritual Intelligence allows us to consider the ability to act with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of circumstances. Signs of high SQ include humility and the ability to think out of the box.

In the session you will gain awareness of the principles that demonstrate Spiritual Intelligence, and reflect on its potential relevance to you and others.

If you want to find out more and contemplate how you can make use of the principles, join us to explore together.

Note: References to SQ in this workshop have no connotations to religion.

03:10 PM - 03:40 PMBuilding trust with online teambuilding By Evelien Ross

During the session you will discover why you need to take some extra effort when you want to build strong distributed teams. Together with the participants we will share ideas on how to build trust within your (distributed) teams. During this session you will learn more about credibility, reliability and intimacy, the building blocks of trust. This will not be a 30 minute lecture, it will be an interactive, engaging collaboration with hopefully a lot of practical tips for you to take along to your teams.

Key take aways
– Understand why trust is important
– Understand what the building blocks of trust are
– Practical examples on how to work on building trust

  • Format: Interactive Talk with Breakouts
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
  • Other Tools: Mural
03:50 PM - 04:20 PMWhy we should look to optimise beyond team level By Maria Connor

As agile practitioners we focus a lot on agile teams, transforming teams to “be more agile”, and generally improving individual teams. Quite often we find that although we’ve worked really hard to optimise our teams difficult problems can still remain. Agile teams are just a single part of an overall system. Our organisational system is really dependent on how the teams interact and how they work together to deliver value.

In this talk Maria will share her company’s story of why and how they changed their thinking to look beyond team level to optimise their organisation as a whole. She’ll share the successes, mistakes and subsequent learnings they’ve experienced on their journey so far.

04:50 PM - 05:20 PMMapping your maturity: how to create contextually-appropriate learning models By Marc Burgauer

When we look to improve our teams or our organisations, we often reach for a maturity model. Such models first prompt an assessment that grades us on the model’s scale and then offers recipes to pursue greatness. It might tell us that we don’t visualise well, that our stories aren’t perfectly formed or that we haven’t thought holistically enough and what we should do to get better. But. Do maturity models really help us, especially from an organisational perspective? Do they motivate collective learning and do they help solve the real problems we are facing as teams or team of teams?

One of the issues with the maturity models that we often use, is that they are context free. They don’t consider our environment, they don’t reflect the challenges and the specific needs we have in our context.

Stephen Kemmis (@KemmisStephen) explains that learning can only be observed when we see that practice changes. Investigating learning through the lens of practices shifts the focus from what we know to what we do (and how we do it). How does that help with the problems of conventional maturity models? How does it improve our ability to assess our maturity?

Maturity Mapping, originally dreamed up by Chris McDermott (@chrisvmcd), is a visualisation method, based on Social Practice Theory, Wardley Mapping and informed by Cyenfin, which focuses on practices as the unit of analysis. 

In this session Marc will present what Chris and he have learned in developing this practice and how it is unlocking how to think about collective improvement.

05:30 PM - 06:00 PMThe 7 C’s of Why By Karl Scotland

Why does agile work? What are some of the core traits that successful agile organisations exhibit?

This session will explore the answers to those questions with the help of the greatest rock band in the world.

  • Format: Interactive webinar
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: Mentimeter
  • All Rooms
  • Foyer
  • Plenary
  • Track 1
  • Track 2
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMDay 2 Check-in
01:00 PM - 01:30 PMDay 2 Welcome
01:30 PM - 02:00 PMThe secret history of Kanban and why it matters By Daniel Vacanti

Organisations increasingly turn to Kanban to improve their Lean Agile practices, but few people know the inside story of how and why Kanban was created. The Secret History of Kanban pulls back the curtain and gives you a first-hand account of how Kanban went from being a colossal failure to a startling success. Learn how a team turned theory into practice, what it means for the future of Agile, and how you can apply those lessons in your own organisation. We’ll finish by transitioning from history to the future and what we, as a community, might do to not repeat the errors of the past.

02:10 PM - 02:40 PMSelf-organisation in times of crisis By Pawel Brodzinski

I’ve been a strong proponent of self-organisation and autonomy on all levels of an organisation. As the argument goes, it improves an organisation’s outcomes and creates a more humane workplace at the same time. However, during the pandemic, we see people relying more on centralised power of governments and willing to give up their individual autonomy. Similar dynamics can be noticed in the business world.

Does the role of self-organisation and autonomy change in times of crisis? Are these the tools that work great only in one specific context, which is business as usual? Is the analogy of people electing different leaders for peace and wartime relevant in this context?

We’ll answer these questions and explore the role of self-organisation and autonomy in organisations facing high unpredictability. Interestingly enough, it will also help us understand how and when self-organisation works when the business actually is as usual. 

  • Format: Talk with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: n/a
02:10 PM - 02:40 PMFlight Levels from the trenches By Kulawat Wongsaroj & Kamon Treetampinij

Flight Levels has emerged as one of the hottest trends in the Business Agility realm. Unlike other popular Agile scaling frameworks, Fight Levels is not a framework but rather a thinking model that helps your organisation discover your own framework. This talks will unfold the story of real Flight Levels implementation beyond IT area from the Far East where we have uncovered Five Types of Flight Levels Coordination and Four Stages of Visualisation.

03:10 PM - 03:40 PMOrganization resilience during times of crisis By Michal Epstein & Limor Halfon

The current global epidemic pushed/stressed people and organisations to behave and work differently immediately, with no time to resist change and no choice but to experiment.

While working with many organisations before and during the crisis, we noticed a correlation between organisational resilience and agility, in the cultural aspect of the word.

During the talk we will explore this theme and try to answer the following questions:

  • – Are Agile organisations more resilient in crisis times?
  • – How does the Agile approach and the Scrum values assist us?
  • – How self-organising teams could leverage their working from home?
  • – What managerial skills required?
  • – What are the tools & practices that support remote work?

Michal Epstein, PST and Agile coach, and Limor Halfon, Management 3.0 trainer and organisational consultant, both Ajimeh partners, will discuss this topic in an interactive and enriching way.

03:10 PM - 03:40 PMBeyond copy-paste Agile through the lens of systems, science and sapiens By Cliff Hazell

Today 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 problems, and therefore solutions exist at the team level.

Cliff’s experience is that to delight customers, collaboration is required between teams and departments. This focusing on the parts (individuals and teams) rarely improves the whole, in ways customers will appreciate or pay for.

In this talk we explore this through three lenses.

  • Sapiens – How creating a healthy environment unlocked our potential.
  • Science – How to Improve our understanding of what works and what doesn’t
  • Systems – How building effective interaction between teams produces more effective results

03:50 PM - 04:20 PMWhat was your last experiment? By Mike Sutton

Everyone talks of experimentation now. – mostly because they have to do so professionally.But how many are actually doing it?

In this highly interactive and anecdote rich brain download, Mike will share how he does experiments and most importantly, the attitudinal and mindset shift that have transformed how he approaches experimentation – specifically in building startups.

Come to this talk if you want to hear about developing a healthy attitude to failure, managing costs on things that are fundamental based on a guess, painting a picture for your team that they can follow even when the substance is wooly as clouds.

Might contain some profanity.

03:50 PM - 04:20 PMAgile transformation at Robert Bosch Power Tools & deep dive of life with Flight Levels in this journey By Carmen Knippenberg & Jochen Goeser

Carmen & Jochen will show what they have done to date with a 20,000 people organisation to become a real agile organisation and how they implemented the company Strategy and Business Agility.

04:50 PM - 05:20 PMLies, damned lies and statistics By Prateek Singh

If a vast majority of your customers are vocal about rejecting a new feature, was it unsuccessful? If a majority of your customers want a new version of the product, should you build it? How many successful features have you shipped in the past year? How can we be sure that we are getting the right answers to these questions? We all lie, or at-least don’t tell the full story in our everyday lives, especially when no one is looking. We also fall prey to “Social Desirability Bias”, where people adapt their answers, because they want to look more desirable to others, than they really are. What does that say about the usual way we get feedback? Surveys, user interviews, estimates? Come find out how Limiting WIP, working in small batches, optimising for feedback and some decent data analysis can help us separate truth from lies.

  • Format: Talk with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
  • Other Tools: n/a
04:50 PM - 05:20 PMRethinking the (r)evolutionary approach By Lula Rodrigues

“Agree to pursue improvement through evolutionary change”. It’s unanimous: Kaizen rules!. Continuous improvement. Evolutionary approach. If that is a consensus why do we see so many (safe?) revolutions? Why is the “Spotify Model squadification” revolution happening on so many companies? Why are the C-level executives deciding to revolutionise instead of just baby step, one after another, through the continuous improvement? If you are working on a revolutionary environment or if you feel that some kind of revolution is about to happen on your company join this session to understand how are we preserving natural evolution in several real-life contexts (from traditional financial institutions to startups) even in the midst of this revolutionary wave. It’s time to rethink the evolutionary approach together, in practice.

05:30 PM - 06:00 PMCleanish strategy By Mike Burrows

“The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become” (Ackoff); “Improvement is no substitute for strategy” (Mike Burrows in Right to Left). Strategy is absolutely essential to success, and yet it is considered by many to be outside of Agile’s scope. How do we fix this? We look at “cleanish”, outside-in strategy – an approach to strategy that is strong on engagement and participation, gets to the issues, and produces outcomes-based outputs that are coherent by construction.

  • Format: Interactive talk with breakouts.
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
  • Other Tools: n/a
05:30 PM - 06:00 PMYour next work place – 3 perspectives to consider By Mark Kilby

2020 has challenged us in ways we could have never imagined. And what may be in store for the coming year? Will we have a new normal? Are we back to normal? Are we certain we know what “normal” means? This talk will address three key perspectives to help us explore what may be next for us and our lean organisations.

06:15 PM - 06:45 PMFeeding flood and fire – scientific evidence and public discourse on climate change By Prof Richard Betts

Everyone is now aware of the issue of human-caused climate change, and virtually every government in the world has signed an international agreement to bring it to a stop. But with global warming already over 1.1°C, and concentrations of greenhouse gases still building up in the atmosphere, we are on track to miss the targets of the Paris Agreement and leave them far behind. Without rapid and deep cuts in emissions, global warming will pass 1.5°C and 2°C within decades and reach 3°C, 4°C or even 5°C global warming within a timescale the same as between now and the start of World War II.

However, all is not yet lost. There is still time to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, if urgent, rapid action is taken. This includes both reducing greenhouse gas emissions to stop the rise in temperatures, and also putting in place adaptation measures to live with changes that are now unavoidable.

But despite widespread agreement on this, progress is still slow. The recent worldwide economic shutdowns illustrated that emissions reductions can occur, but in this case they came hand-in-hand with negative impacts on people as well as benefits. And these emissions cuts were not enough to substantially slow the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, illustrating that system-wide change is also needed. Meanwhile, the public debate gaining a greater sense of urgency, much of it well-founded but also some going beyond scientific evidence – both doomism and denial now feature heavily in the conversation.

This talk will summarise the current state-of-the-art in scientific evidence and understanding for this crucial global issue, and offer some perspectives on the complex public discussion around it.

  • Format: Webinar with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: n/a

12:00 PM - 01:00 PMDay 2 Check-in
01:00 PM - 01:30 PMDay 2 Welcome
01:30 PM - 02:00 PMThe secret history of Kanban and why it matters By Daniel Vacanti

Organisations increasingly turn to Kanban to improve their Lean Agile practices, but few people know the inside story of how and why Kanban was created. The Secret History of Kanban pulls back the curtain and gives you a first-hand account of how Kanban went from being a colossal failure to a startling success. Learn how a team turned theory into practice, what it means for the future of Agile, and how you can apply those lessons in your own organisation. We’ll finish by transitioning from history to the future and what we, as a community, might do to not repeat the errors of the past.

06:15 PM - 06:45 PMFeeding flood and fire – scientific evidence and public discourse on climate change By Prof Richard Betts

Everyone is now aware of the issue of human-caused climate change, and virtually every government in the world has signed an international agreement to bring it to a stop. But with global warming already over 1.1°C, and concentrations of greenhouse gases still building up in the atmosphere, we are on track to miss the targets of the Paris Agreement and leave them far behind. Without rapid and deep cuts in emissions, global warming will pass 1.5°C and 2°C within decades and reach 3°C, 4°C or even 5°C global warming within a timescale the same as between now and the start of World War II.

However, all is not yet lost. There is still time to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, if urgent, rapid action is taken. This includes both reducing greenhouse gas emissions to stop the rise in temperatures, and also putting in place adaptation measures to live with changes that are now unavoidable.

But despite widespread agreement on this, progress is still slow. The recent worldwide economic shutdowns illustrated that emissions reductions can occur, but in this case they came hand-in-hand with negative impacts on people as well as benefits. And these emissions cuts were not enough to substantially slow the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, illustrating that system-wide change is also needed. Meanwhile, the public debate gaining a greater sense of urgency, much of it well-founded but also some going beyond scientific evidence – both doomism and denial now feature heavily in the conversation.

This talk will summarise the current state-of-the-art in scientific evidence and understanding for this crucial global issue, and offer some perspectives on the complex public discussion around it.

  • Format: Webinar with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: n/a

02:10 PM - 02:40 PMSelf-organisation in times of crisis By Pawel Brodzinski

I’ve been a strong proponent of self-organisation and autonomy on all levels of an organisation. As the argument goes, it improves an organisation’s outcomes and creates a more humane workplace at the same time. However, during the pandemic, we see people relying more on centralised power of governments and willing to give up their individual autonomy. Similar dynamics can be noticed in the business world.

Does the role of self-organisation and autonomy change in times of crisis? Are these the tools that work great only in one specific context, which is business as usual? Is the analogy of people electing different leaders for peace and wartime relevant in this context?

We’ll answer these questions and explore the role of self-organisation and autonomy in organisations facing high unpredictability. Interestingly enough, it will also help us understand how and when self-organisation works when the business actually is as usual. 

  • Format: Talk with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Webinar
  • Other Tools: n/a
03:10 PM - 03:40 PMOrganization resilience during times of crisis By Michal Epstein & Limor Halfon

The current global epidemic pushed/stressed people and organisations to behave and work differently immediately, with no time to resist change and no choice but to experiment.

While working with many organisations before and during the crisis, we noticed a correlation between organisational resilience and agility, in the cultural aspect of the word.

During the talk we will explore this theme and try to answer the following questions:

  • – Are Agile organisations more resilient in crisis times?
  • – How does the Agile approach and the Scrum values assist us?
  • – How self-organising teams could leverage their working from home?
  • – What managerial skills required?
  • – What are the tools & practices that support remote work?

Michal Epstein, PST and Agile coach, and Limor Halfon, Management 3.0 trainer and organisational consultant, both Ajimeh partners, will discuss this topic in an interactive and enriching way.

03:50 PM - 04:20 PMWhat was your last experiment? By Mike Sutton

Everyone talks of experimentation now. – mostly because they have to do so professionally.But how many are actually doing it?

In this highly interactive and anecdote rich brain download, Mike will share how he does experiments and most importantly, the attitudinal and mindset shift that have transformed how he approaches experimentation – specifically in building startups.

Come to this talk if you want to hear about developing a healthy attitude to failure, managing costs on things that are fundamental based on a guess, painting a picture for your team that they can follow even when the substance is wooly as clouds.

Might contain some profanity.

04:50 PM - 05:20 PMLies, damned lies and statistics By Prateek Singh

If a vast majority of your customers are vocal about rejecting a new feature, was it unsuccessful? If a majority of your customers want a new version of the product, should you build it? How many successful features have you shipped in the past year? How can we be sure that we are getting the right answers to these questions? We all lie, or at-least don’t tell the full story in our everyday lives, especially when no one is looking. We also fall prey to “Social Desirability Bias”, where people adapt their answers, because they want to look more desirable to others, than they really are. What does that say about the usual way we get feedback? Surveys, user interviews, estimates? Come find out how Limiting WIP, working in small batches, optimising for feedback and some decent data analysis can help us separate truth from lies.

  • Format: Talk with Q&A
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
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05:30 PM - 06:00 PMCleanish strategy By Mike Burrows

“The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become” (Ackoff); “Improvement is no substitute for strategy” (Mike Burrows in Right to Left). Strategy is absolutely essential to success, and yet it is considered by many to be outside of Agile’s scope. How do we fix this? We look at “cleanish”, outside-in strategy – an approach to strategy that is strong on engagement and participation, gets to the issues, and produces outcomes-based outputs that are coherent by construction.

  • Format: Interactive talk with breakouts.
  • Video Tool: Zoom Meeting
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02:10 PM - 02:40 PMFlight Levels from the trenches By Kulawat Wongsaroj & Kamon Treetampinij

Flight Levels has emerged as one of the hottest trends in the Business Agility realm. Unlike other popular Agile scaling frameworks, Fight Levels is not a framework but rather a thinking model that helps your organisation discover your own framework. This talks will unfold the story of real Flight Levels implementation beyond IT area from the Far East where we have uncovered Five Types of Flight Levels Coordination and Four Stages of Visualisation.

03:10 PM - 03:40 PMBeyond copy-paste Agile through the lens of systems, science and sapiens By Cliff Hazell

Today 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 problems, and therefore solutions exist at the team level.

Cliff’s experience is that to delight customers, collaboration is required between teams and departments. This focusing on the parts (individuals and teams) rarely improves the whole, in ways customers will appreciate or pay for.

In this talk we explore this through three lenses.

  • Sapiens – How creating a healthy environment unlocked our potential.
  • Science – How to Improve our understanding of what works and what doesn’t
  • Systems – How building effective interaction between teams produces more effective results

03:50 PM - 04:20 PMAgile transformation at Robert Bosch Power Tools & deep dive of life with Flight Levels in this journey By Carmen Knippenberg & Jochen Goeser

Carmen & Jochen will show what they have done to date with a 20,000 people organisation to become a real agile organisation and how they implemented the company Strategy and Business Agility.

04:50 PM - 05:20 PMRethinking the (r)evolutionary approach By Lula Rodrigues

“Agree to pursue improvement through evolutionary change”. It’s unanimous: Kaizen rules!. Continuous improvement. Evolutionary approach. If that is a consensus why do we see so many (safe?) revolutions? Why is the “Spotify Model squadification” revolution happening on so many companies? Why are the C-level executives deciding to revolutionise instead of just baby step, one after another, through the continuous improvement? If you are working on a revolutionary environment or if you feel that some kind of revolution is about to happen on your company join this session to understand how are we preserving natural evolution in several real-life contexts (from traditional financial institutions to startups) even in the midst of this revolutionary wave. It’s time to rethink the evolutionary approach together, in practice.

05:30 PM - 06:00 PMYour next work place – 3 perspectives to consider By Mark Kilby

2020 has challenged us in ways we could have never imagined. And what may be in store for the coming year? Will we have a new normal? Are we back to normal? Are we certain we know what “normal” means? This talk will address three key perspectives to help us explore what may be next for us and our lean organisations.