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Agile Awareness Sessions

Adopting agile is never about adopting agile practices. It’s not even about adopting an agile culture. While those things are important, if you don’t achieve better business outcomes, adopting agile is not worth the investment. Your journey toward greater business agility starts by identifying what outcomes are most important to your company’s success. This knowledge helps you lay a foundation for making decisions about how to tailor your approach and guide your transformation to measurably show progress toward your critical business objectives.

Agile Awareness Session for BGK Bank – Agile in Public Procurement (co-joint with Maruta-Wachta law firm)

C-level Agile Awareness Session for Asseco Poland S.A.‘s representatives, including C-level executives, the Board of Management, and Directors

Agile Awareness Session for BNP Paribas Bank‘ Directors, Managers, PMO and engineering teams

Executive Agile Awareness Session for Volkswagen Financial Services

Myths and legends about Agile

Agile Awareness Sessions are conducted for a small, dedicated group of C-level executives and management boards (decision makers). The aim of the workshop is to familiarize recipients with the subject of agile transformations, benefits, risks, costs and forecasts of the transformation process.

The meeting also allows to dispel doubts and clarify the widely popular myths and legends associated with agility, which significantly clarifies whether and in which areas the customer should apply the agile approach.

Workshops are run by experienced Agile Transformational Coach and (if needed) supported lawyers clarifying areas of agile procurements and contracts.

This unique approach allows you to get to know Agile from the IT, HR, Procurement & Vendor Management, Software Engineering, DevOps and other areas. Decision-makers are fully aware of what agile transformation means and what costs and risks they have to face.

Clients

 
Asseco Poland S.A.
Bank Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK)
Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.
BGŻ Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
E NET Production
Macoscope
Maruta Wachta
Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych S.A. (P.W.P.W.)
Santander
Sescom S.A.
Volkswagen Bank
 

Agile is not about choosing a specific method

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Business Agility

It should be recognized that Agile is an organizational change (going significantly beyond IT and not just about choosing a specific method) that includes entrepreneurship (budgeting, business knowledge, trends, market and end-user needs, etc.), processes maturity (i.e. SDLC), project and flow management (proficiency in Agile and Lean), technical maturity (proficiency in software engineering, automation, DevOps, DDD etc.), change management (adaptability, teams, people, culture) and soft skills (communication, conflict management, personality traits, motivators, etc.).

“Agility is the ability to adapt and respond to change… agile organizations view change as an opportunity, not a threat.”

Jim Highsmith

Over 15 years of experience in scaling Agile

We have over 20 years of active, non-linear, and versatile experience in IT, broadly defined management, leadership, coaching (ICF), personal development, mentoring, and training. We work with both management teams and agile teams (not only in the IT sector), creating modern, value-oriented teams and work environments.

We have supported or led agile/digital transformation initiatives in more than 10 organizations, encompassing not only IT or PMO departments but also business, HR, legal, finance, marketing, sales, and support departments.

We have mentored and coached management teams, C-level representatives, directors, and shareholders.

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(framework agnostic) Agile Coaches and Change Leaders

We view ourselves as individuals not restricted to any particular framework (framework agnostic).

However, to meet diverse market demands, we stand out as the sole entity in Poland featuring certified coaches and mentors experienced in various agile transformations. We cover all major agile frameworks and methodologies, including Scrum, Kanban, S@S, NEXUS, Large Scaled Scrum (LeSS), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Agile Project Management (AgilePM), PRINCE2 Agile, alongside lightweight approaches like Team of Teams Design and Team Topologies.

In essence, these tools serve as our "toolbox" for scaling Agile and spearheading significant organizational change initiatives, employing methodologies such as PROSCI.

Straight to the point

The initial scope of the workshop (to be tailored together with the client):

  • Introduction to Agility (is Agile just a project management methodology? Organisational structure? Culture?):
    • Comparison of the traditional project management and agile culture,
    • The importance of product vs project mindset (entrepreneurship).
  • Principles, values, principles of Agility,
  • Benefits of using an agile approach supported by market research:
    • survivability, faster value delivery / faster time-to-market (TTM), valuable and tailored products/services, transparency, and better cooperation.
  • Agile in Business, Agile in IT (value delivery area), Agile HR, Agile PMO, Agile in Procurement, Agile in Marketing, Agile in Legal and more,
  • Agile foundation blocks – Culture, Scrum framework, Kanban, Lean Startup, Design Thinking and more,
  • Importance of MVP, hypothesis validation, definition of value, product ownership and more,
  • The roles of the Project Manager, Product Manager, Scrum Master, Product Owner,
  • The importance of organizational culture supporting an agile approach,
  • Servant Leadership and Soft aspects in Agile,
  • Role of middle-management in Agile,
  • What is agile transformation:
    • Key steps in Agile Transformations (presentation of example Agile Transformation Roadmaps based on experience),
    • Key Success Factors (KSFs) in Agile Transformations,
    • Examples of models for Agile scaling,
    • What is an examination of the organization’s maturity/readiness for an agile approach,
    • Risks related to Agile Transformations.
  • Case Studies of Agile Transformations (e-commerce, banks, IT service providers for banks, pharma…).

Agile Awareness Session for C-Level Executives at PWPW (Polish Security Printing Works) S.A.
(October 2018)

Mirosław Dąbrowski

The goal of the workshop

The aim of the workshop is to present and clarify the topic of Agile, not to complete the full agenda step by step. We know from our experience that the management boards are quite active during these workshops, which favours a very lively atmosphere and many questions.

Therefore, we do not treat this workshop an out-of-the-box workshop, but rather as a meeting with experienced Agile Transformation Experts who will answer many questions from different perspectives.

Supporting research on Agile Transformations

KPMG - Agile Transformation Report 2019

KPMG 2019 Report on Agile Transformations

13th Annual State of the Agile Report

Capgemini - Agile at Scale Report 2019

Capgemini Agile at Scale Report 2019

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