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Friday, November 14 • 11:00 - 12:00
Agile means business, so learn to think like the CxO

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish the executive leadership in my organization would take the time to really understand what agile is all about”? If you have, you are certainly not alone. And for good reason: we know that it’s hard to genuinely support, much less participate in, something you don’t understand.

But it is also essential for those who are not in positions of executive leadership to understand what is important to the executive suite, and then to be able to effectively communicate about agile in terms that resonate at that level. Without the ability to relate agile to the financial and operational aspects of the business, the degree to which agile penetrates an enterprise will be limited. The admonition, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” is particularly applicable here.

In this session, we will look at the primary concerns of different executive-level roles, and why the typical agile elevator pitch may not be enough to get their attention and garner their support. Then, we will explore practical ways to relate agile principles and practices directly to the concerns of the executives in the organisation.

Throughout the session, we’ll drill down on very important concepts and indicators that most agile practitioners don’t even think about. You will leave the session with not only a new angle on agile, but with a toolkit for more effective communication and collaboration as you help extend agile throughout your organization. Just as importantly, you’ll gain a broader perspective on agile that will positively influence the way you think about your day-to-day work.

Speakers
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Lee Cunningham

Director, Enterprise Agile Enablement
Lee is an experienced agile practitioner and coach who is energized by working with people at all organizational levels, helping them develop business agility through alignment of all parts of the enterprise. He believes that it is necessary for people to enjoy their work in order to continuously and consistently deliver high-value, high-quality products and services, and he derives great satisfaction in helping them do so.



Friday November 14, 2014 11:00 - 12:00
Room 1

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